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Kenyan opposition supporters celebrate poll victory claim

By on August 10, 2017

An opposition official said information from “confidential sources” showed Odinga had secured victory,
contradicting official preliminary results released so far which show President Uhuru Kenyatta had won 54.2 percent of votes, ahead of Odinga on 44.9 percent – a lead of 1.4 million votes with 99 percent of polling stations reported.

Foreign observers have expressed confidence in Kenya’s electoral process, despite opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim of massive fraud. Mr Odinga alleges that results of the presidential poll have been rigged to give incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta victory.

African observers described Tuesday’s poll as credible, while former US Secretary of State John Kerry said its integrity remained intact.

On Wednesday, Mr Odinga said that the IT system of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was witnessing the worst “voter theft” in its history.

The IEBC said there had been an attempt to hack its system, but it had failed.

A senior official in the election commission rejected the opposition’s claims. “They have done their own additions and they think Raila has 8 million (votes), which is ridiculous, there is nothing,” Abdi Yakub Guliye said. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t believe they have any credible data.”

As they wait for final results to be tallied and confirmed, many Kenyans are nervous of a repeat of the clashes that killed about 1,200 people after the bitterly contested 2007 election.

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