US campaign data firm says Kenya to deport CEO ahead of vote – California News

US campaign data firm says Kenya to deport CEO ahead of vote – California News

A U.S.-based company that works on campaign data confirmed Saturday that its CEO was detained in Kenya and faced deportation after working on the opposition’s campaign ahead of Tuesday’s tightly contested presidential election.

The detention of the CEO of Aristotle, Inc. raised further concerns about the upcoming vote, just days after a top Kenyan election official responsible for the electronic voting system was found tortured and killed.

Brandi Travis with Aristotle said CEO John Aristotle Phillips, an American, and Canadian staffer Andreas Katsouris were detained Friday night and faced deportation later Saturday. Travis said Phillips is currently at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

The two men were assisting opposition candidate Raila Odinga with issues including strategy and data analysis and had chosen to get involved in the Kenyan election because they thought it had the potential for irregularities, Travis told The Associated Press.

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