Kenya election 2017: AU and Commonwealth say poll credible

Violet Powell
August 12, 2017

The opposition is rejecting those results as fraudulent, however, saying the electoral commission's computer networks were hacked.

Former prime minister Mr Odinga blamed president Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party for the alleged hacking of the election database. "The streets do not".

Kenya's electoral commission has denied opposition claims its IT system was hacked in order to manipulate Tuesday's election results.

Kerry says Kenya's leaders need to step up in the coming days and give people confidence amid fears of post-election violence.

John Mahama, chief election observer for the Commonwealth and former president of Ghana, said election observers don't have the capacity to investigate the hacking allegations, and noted that Kenya's voting and counting system appeared "credible, transparent and inclusive".

Odinga claims that hackers infiltrated the commission's computer system with the identity of a murdered election official and altered results to favour the 55-year-old Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule.

Mudavadi claimed that Nasa had received information from confidential IEBC sources indicating that Raila is victor of the General Elections.

Reporting from Nairobi, Sky's Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley said: 'This is the sort of election violence that was predicted and feared.

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Nearly 19.6 million Kenyans went to vote in the presidential poll, resulting in large queues forming outside voting stations throughout the day.

"Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition", European Union observer mission head Marietje Schaake said. "This time we caught them", he tweeted.

The allegations of fraud and corruption within the voting process has stirred protests, some violent, throughout the country as protesters and police clash.

The opposition's claim led to sporadic outbreaks of violence.

At last three people were killed in riots in the city of Kisumu and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, after Mr Odinga claimed that the process had been rigged against him.

According to CNN, Kerry is now co-leading the Carter Center's mission of election observers in Kenya, and is working on bringing that country's election to a peaceful close. "There's at least one little shop that has been destroyed", Eyder said.

"I haven't heard what the Opposition says... on what basis their complaint would be".

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