Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Kenyan opposition refuses to sign off on election 'charade'

Kenyan opposition refuses to sign off on election 'charade'

The official results show Kenyatta achieving re-election comfortably, with a lead of more than 1.4 million votes over his principal challenger, Raila Odinga.

The announcement of the results was delayed for hours, after election officials said they needed time to review some documents from some polling districts.

At this crucial moment, he and his National Super Alliance (NASA) must also step up to this call for transparency: if they can not swiftly substantiate their allegations that the election was hacked and "most" of the official results already published by the IEBC are false, they should concede defeat and thereby contribute to strengthening Kenya's democracy.

A resident of Nairobi's Kawangware slum said police fired tear gas at dozens of Odinga supporters throwing stones on Thursday. The electoral commission said this was "illegal and premature", and said basic mathematical errors had been made.

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 a bitterly contested 2007 election.

"I therefore look forward to continue working with you to strengthen further the brotherly relations and cooperation between our two countries as well as other EAC partner states in our quest to develop our region", Museveni said.

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.

"My fellow Kenyans, elections come and go, (but) Kenya is here to stay".

Mr. Mahama, Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission, admitted that it was too much to ask of the Kenyan electorate but said voters had done well to make the best of the circumstance, adding: "We will learn lessons from this experience". "We all belong to Kenya".

Earlier on Friday, in Odinga's stronghold of Kisumu, security forces blocked the main road to the capital Nairobi as young people gathered nearby and started burning tyres.

He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners.

They ruled out the possibility of seeking legal redress after the commission insisted on announcing the victor before addressing their concerns.

James Orengo with the opposition coalition says it wants to look at activity the day of the vote and the next day to confirm whether alleged hacking took place.

Another attractive addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.

"The results published by the electoral commission are a fraud", John Mbadi, a member of Odinga's opposition coalition National Super Alliance, reiterated during a press conference on Friday. The Kenyan election commission has disputed his claims that its database was hacked and results were manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who seeks a second term. Most of the country has remained calm.

Police shot dead one protester in Nairobi.

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

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