Chris Musando. Picture: REUTERS
Chris Musando. Picture: REUTERS

Nairobi — A senior Kenyan election official was found murdered on Monday, three days after going missing, poll officials said, stirring fears of turmoil before next week’s national vote.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said Chris Msando, its head of information, communication and technology, was tortured before he died.

Kenyans — whose 2007 vote descended into ethnic violence — will choose their next president, parliamentarians and local representatives next Tuesday.

"There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered," said Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the electoral commission.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, seeking a second and final five-year term, is running against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga said fraud robbed him of victory in the past two elections. In 2013, electronic voting machines suffered widespread malfunctions. Odinga took his complaints to court, which dismissed them.

In 2007, he called for street protests after vote counting was abruptly stopped and a winner announced. Political protests and ethnic violence killed more than 1,200 people.


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