Kenyan Opposition Rejects President's Election Win

  • Kenyan Opposition Rejects President's Election Win

Kenyan Opposition Rejects President's Election Win

After delivering his remarks, a dark suit-clad Chebukati came close to declaring the results, only to be cut short by IEBC commissioner Dr. Roselyn Akombe to remind him that the results had to be signed first by chief agents and IEBC commissioners, including Chebukati himself.

"If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers", Orengo previously told reporters. They include the Orange Democratic Movement led by Odinga, Wiper Democratic Movement of Kalonzo Musyoka and the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy which has Moses Wetang'ula at the helm and the Amani National Congress under Musalia Mudavadi.

Concerns remained on Friday that allegations of fraud could spark ethnically based violence in an echo of the 2007 elections, when Odinga was defeated by Mwai Kibaki. "We are hoping there will be a conclusion to this today and for people to be able to go back and start earning their livelihoods because this era of suspense is very, very devastating economically". IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said on Thursday that hackers tried and failed to breach the voting system.

Yakub Guliye, election commissioner in charge of information technology, said the opposition had not made a formal request and it would not act on a verbal request.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is heading the Carter Centre, said if measures put in place by the electoral commission are followed to the end Kenyans "can have confidence in the outcome of this election".

He praised the Kenyan people's history of standing up to stolen elections and said there were "constitutional alternatives" to challenging any result, but he stopped short of calling for protests.

"As for now, I can not say whether the election has been hacked".

"Violence must never be an option", Godec says.

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Uhuru with with Nairobi County Governor-elect Mike Sonko moments before he was declared winner of the 2017 Presidential Election

The unrest that bookended Kenya's hard-fought election on Friday could degenerate into a political crisis comparable to the one faced after the 2007 vote dispute. "Leaders above all need to make that clear", Godec said. But those numbers have been rejected by the leading opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, who has alleged major voting irregularities.

Election day itself went relatively smoothly on Tuesday, as violence was kept to a minimum and voter frustration was limited to technical glitches involving electronic voter machines and logistical mishaps that delayed the voting schedule.

Mr Mudavadi further said that it would be wrong for the commission to announce a victor in the presidential race yet "more than 11,000 polling stations are yet to relay their results to the Bomas of Kenya".

At least three people have died in the violence. A few miles from Kibera, there are Land Rover dealerships and new glass high rise towers, but the slum remains crime-ridden and poor, much of it without plumbing or electricity.

No sitting president has ever lost an election in the history of the East African country.

Many Kenyans are hoping the results of the already disputed vote will be announced within hours.

Extra security forces have been deployed to the streets of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told CNN.

Businesses have been closed in the central business district since the vote.