Kenyan opposition to accept results in election servers if given access

Armed Kenyan police run to disperse protesters in the Kibera slum in Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta was formally declared victor of Kenya's disputed presidential election on Friday night, raising fears of a violent backlash on the streets after his rival had earlier rejected the vote as a fraud.

Raila Odinga is refusing to accept his likely loss in the 8 August presidential election, as he did in 1997, 2007 and 2013, because he claims the vote has been rigged against him.

Over 400 global election observers - including officials from the United States and the European Union - were deployed across the country to monitor voting, the tallying process and part of the post-election period.

Following Mr. Odinga's claims, there were minor skirmishes in a Nairobi suburb and in Mombasa but residents in those areas said that criminals wanted to use the opportunity to loot while others wanted to settle scores.

Chiloba says the commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, will make an announcement later in the day.

In its first assessment of Tuesday's poll, the European Union's election observer mission said it had seen no signs of "centralised or localised manipulation" of the voting process. The recent torture and killing of Kenya's election official in charge of the electronic voting system also has raised concerns.

Mr. Obasanjo said it would not be in anybody's interest in Kenya to have to resort to the ICC again.

The country has been concerned about the kind of post-election violence that rocked Kenya a decade ago and left more than 1,000 dead.

He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners. By the evening, after multiple delays, the country's elections commission still had not made any announcements.

Another top NASA official James Orengo denounced the counting process as "an entire charade, this is a disaster". They stated that NASA allies in the IEBC have leaked the real numbers to them, which show that Kenyatta is not ahead by 1.4 million votes as the IEBC's website shows - rather it is Odinga ahead of Kenyatta by 286,298 votes.

Kenyatta also reached out to Odinga - who has rejected the vote due to alleged rigging - and his supporters, to "work that we can build this nation together".

Opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, whose rejection of the 2007 presidential election result triggered widespread bloodshed, has challenged the results released so far.

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed. Without having all these forms to present to the public, the IEBC has had to admit that the results it has been announcing since Wednesay are unofficial.

Already, though, tensions have boiled over into violence in some of the slums of Nairobi.

Polling stations opened at 6am and closed at 5pm but many were in the queues as early as 2am.

On Wednesday, at least three people were shot and killed in in violent confrontations across the country.

"We have urged people to remain calm as we delve deeper into this matter".

The election is a test of democracy in the East African economic power.



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