Tense Kenya awaits results of disputed election

  • Tense Kenya awaits results of disputed election

Tense Kenya awaits results of disputed election

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed.

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Raile Odinga took to the streets of this capital and other important cities today to protest against what they call electoral fraud in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya nervously awaited Thursday the final results of its presidential election, with the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta holding a strong lead after a vote tainted by opposition claims of rigging and the death of four people.

The additional verification process was agreed upon after 72-year-old Odinga alleged that hackers had manipulated the voting system after Tuesday's polls.

His defeat in an election ten years ago triggered the worst violence in independent Kenya's 54-year history, killing more than 1,300 people and forcing 600,000 more to flee their homes.

Nasa spokesman Musalia Mudavadi said that the coalition would submit its evidence of fraud to the election board - but appealed for Kenyans to remain "calm".

Mudavadi claimed that Nasa had received information from confidential IEBC sources indicating that Raila is victor of the General Elections. He said the opposition's hacking complaints should be looked into by the IEBC, saying this was not the mandate of observers.

The demonstrations broke out following the announcement of the results of the presidential election held on Tuesday.

Chebukati also dismissed the opposition's call that Odinga be declared the victor, saying the final result will only be announced once all the forms from all constituencies had arrived at the tallying center in Nairobi and been validated.

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

Odinga posted 50 pages of computer logs online to support his hacking claims, but they were "inconclusive", according to Matt Bernhard, who studies computer security in election systems at the University of MI.

Although the voting passed off peacefully without any major incidents of violence, the tension surrounding unpredictable popular reaction was still high amid fears the defeated candidate would reject the result of the election sparking popular unrest, Efe news reported.

"When we made our statement yesterday we knew [IEBC is the one to declare results]". At least left five people have died in clashes between protesters and the police.

However, denying he would have any role in sparking any politically motivated violence, the veteran opposition leader said: "I don't control anybody".