Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has reappointed the electoral commission's chairman, easing fears about the conduct of polls on 27 December.
Opinion polls show the opposition is ahead of the incumbent's party
The election process could have been badly affected by an untimely change of guard, foreign diplomats had warned.
Samuel Kivuitu was to leave in December but will remain for another five years.
President Mwai Kibaki is running for a second five-year term, having won an election in 2002 to replace former long-time leader Daniel arap Moi.
Latest opinion polls show President Kibaki is trailing his biggest challenger, the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.
President Kibaki, 75 is banking on the strong economic growth record and has pledged to ensure free and fair elections.
However, the key issues in the elections are likely to be his track record, trust and tribe, in a country where politics continue to be polarised along ethnic lines.