KENYA: Deadly violence as opposition claims 'vote fraud'

Kajiado County south of Nairobi. Credit Dai Kurokawa  European Press

Kajiado County south of Nairobi. Credit Dai Kurokawa European Press

Nasa co principal Musalia Mudavadi flanked by Raila Odinga and other Nasa leaders have released a statement regarding results for the presidential race.

At least three people have been killed in post-election violence in Kenya after opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed "massive" fraud in Tuesday's vote. Although limited irregularities have been reported, there are no indications that the election was rigged.

Nearly 19.6 million Kenyans went to vote in the presidential poll, resulting in large queues forming outside voting stations throughout the day.

Kenya's western city of Kisumu, saw some protests on Wednesday after the opposition said the electronic voting system has been hacked.

The comments by Wafula Chebukati, the commission chairman, came as Kenyans tensely awaited the final tally of an election pitting Odinga against President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is shown with a wide lead in provisional results that election officials are painstakingly trying to confirm with checks of documents from polling stations nationwide.

The election commission says a hacking attempt failed.

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Former South African President Thabo Mbeki who is leading the African Union election observer mission said the election was peaceful and met the laid out standards.

"Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition", European Union observer mission head Marietje Schaake said.

Orengo told journalists at Bomas of Kenya: "If they can open those servers and we all look at them.we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers".

The various observer missions monitoring the elections in Kenya have called for peace in that country.

A senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that two people had been killed in the slum of Mathare in Nairobi on Wednesday.

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Kenyatta was ahead with 7,738,771 (54.41%) votes against his (Odinga's) 6,360,436 (44.72%) as at 11:25 am, a figure that is less than the 11 per cent claimed by the Opposition. Following his defeat, he claimed that votes were stolen from him.

In 2013, Odinga took his concerns to court.

In an interview with broadcaster CNN on Thursday, Odinga denounced this year's clashes. "There's at least one little shop that has been destroyed", Eyder said.

"We don't expect there will be a repeat of 2007, and if we do see contestations they will be less and more managed than 2007".

"I haven't heard what the Opposition says... on what basis their complaint would be". You want to serve the people and so no blood must be shed because you want to serve people...

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