Tensions Grow In Kenya As Results Awaited In Presidential Poll

by Abel Hampton August 12, 2017, 0:14
Tensions Grow In Kenya As Results Awaited In Presidential Poll

Wafula Chebukati, the commission chairman, centre, says the election hacking attempt failed.

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said he rejected results from the country's election commission on Tuesday's presidential vote, raising fears his supporters could mount street protests.

Meanwhile the electoral commission rebuffed claims by the opposition as "ridiculous" and not based on credible data, according to senior official in the election commission.

If no one can figure out how to control what people will do as soon as the result is announced, Kenya may see the violence that will surpass what happened after the 2007 elections when over 1,500 people were killed and another 600,000 people displaced.

Odinga says votes were manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who holds a strong lead with 96 percent of polling stations counted.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is leading a group from the Carter Center, an global democracy promotion group led by former President Jimmy Carter, told journalists: "We believe the IEBC put in place a detailed, transparent process of voting, counting, reporting and securing the vote, all of which lends significant credibility and accountability".

Mudavadi claimed that Nasa had received information from confidential IEBC sources indicating that Raila is victor of the General Elections. The East African Community's observer group also commended the IEBC for holding a "free and fair" election, and urged losers to accept the outcome or seek legal redress over disputes.

"Elections should never be an issue of life or death", said Marietje Schaake, the Dutch head of the European Union mission observing the elections.

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

"According to us, the results are null and void because they are not backed by any evidence".

On his part, Musyoka called on Kenyans to keep calm as NASA reviews the results. That vote was also contested by Odinga's camp.

Clashes between police and protesters in Nairobi slums and cities supporting Raila Odinga.

Odinga claimed Wednesday that hackers used the identity of Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems.

"When we made our statement yesterday we knew [IEBC is the one to declare results]".

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