Some 600 employees of Kenya’s electoral commission say they have gone on hunger strike as MPs prepare to debate a bill that could cost them their jobs.

If approved, the electoral reform bill would lead to the dismantling of the body, accused of meddling in the vote-counting in last year’s elections. This is the recommendation of an inquiry into the poll fraud that led to deadly protests across the country.

The election body would be replaced with an interim independent commission. More than 1,500 people were killed and some 300,000 more fled their homes in the unrest.

Critics of the move say that employees should not have to pay for their managers’ mistakes.

President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing deal in February to bring an end to the post-election violence and formed a coalition government.



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