U.S. urges Kenya's candidates not to use violence

  • U.S. urges Kenya's candidates not to use violence

U.S. urges Kenya's candidates not to use violence

Odinga on Wednesday claimed that hackers used Msando's identity to gain entry to the election commission's database in order to manipulate voting results.

Responding to the allegations, of hacking, the IEBC denied that there was any fraud, and electoral observer John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State, said the IEBC appears to be "strong".

IEBC chief Ezra Chiloba said the electronic voting system, seen as key to avoiding fraud, had not been compromised.

Mr. Odinga, who now trails incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta by around 1.4 million votes, said that hackers had gained access to and manipulated the voting system. He said it showed "a serious attempt to try to either doctor or alter the final results".

The opposition claim centered on the torture and murder of a key election official, Chris Msando, who was in charge of information and communications technology at the election commission, just days before the vote. Kenyatta won by a tiny margin, prompting Mr. Odinga to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the election. One protester was also shot dead by police in Kisii county.

Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent post-election protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds. "We continue to urge everyone to be calm, to be resilient and to be peaceful", said the EU's Schaake.

The election commission has until August 15 to report final results.

With election results from Tuesday's voting nearly entirely counted, Kenyatta appeared to have an unassailable lead over Odinga, prompting the opposition leader to suggest that the results were a fraud made possible thanks to hackers infiltrating the system, according to Daily Maverick.

Msgr. Wilybard Lagho, vicar general of the Mombasa Archdiocese, said the election commission had approached the church about offering polling stations, and church officials agreed.

As of 1900 GMT Wednesday, provisional results from the election commission website put President Uhuru Kenyatta in front with 54.3 percent of votes with 97 percent of polling stations reported.

Odinga published his own party's assessment of the count on Twitter, saying he had 8.1 million votes against 7.2 million for Kenyatta but published no supporting documentation.

But there were clashes in his hometown of Kisumu, with police firing tear gas at protesters.

Odinga, who was accompanied by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and other NASA leaders, claimed the results being released by the IEBC have been doctored to give the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee, a lead.

Similarly to 2017, a decade ago, Odinga's rejection of the Kenya election result, which placed his rival Mwai Kibaki (Kenyatta endorsed him and was later appointed as Minister for Local Government in Kibaki's government) ahead by a little more than 2%, sparked riots and retaliation by security forces that spiraled out of control.