Kenyan president re-elected but opposition rejects result

  • Kenyan president re-elected but opposition rejects result

Kenyan president re-elected but opposition rejects result

It is not yet clear when that will happen.

"Our independent analysis done by our experts has shown that (Odinga) won this election square", Mbadi added.

NASA, according to prior reports, claimed that the IEBC systems were hacked and an algorithm introduced into the system to manipulate results in favour of Uhuru Kenyatta.

Global observers say they have not noted any signs of interference with the vote.

Violence also broke out in Garissa County, where opposition supporters demonstrated against the announcement of a ruling party candidate as the victor of a gubernatorial race.

North Eastern Regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh says police are trying to restore calm after part of the town's market was burnt by arsonists.

Opposition leader Odinga's similar claims about rigging in the 2007 election - where he was defeated by then-president Mwai Kibaki - sparked outrage that led to ethnic violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

IEBC chief Wafula Chebukati rejected this demand, saying the commission would only announce final results once all the forms from constituencies had arrived at the tallying centre in Nairobi and been validated - expected by midday Friday.

He added that there was a "serious attempt to try to either doctor or alter the final results".

Kenya's opposition coalition on Friday called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there. The opposition's dispute over the results sets the stage for a repeat of the election-related violence that has stalked Kenya since it became a multiparty democracy in 1991.

"The long wait is leading to tension", said the analyst, Hezron Mogambi.

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.

Election protests have spread to a second Nairobi slum as Kenya awaits results of Tuesday's disputed vote.

But confrontations emerged a day later between police and protesters in opposition strongholds in the capital and the western city of Kisumu, leaving at least two people dead.

Kenyan law states that electronic reporting must be double-checked and verified by physical paper forms signed by polling station officials before Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, or IEBC, can declare a victor.

On Thursday, Kerry said he was confident in the integrity of the Kenyan elections and praised the country's election commission for its transparency and diligence.

The opposition says its tabulations show Odinga beating President Uhuru Kenyatta by a margin of more than 600,000 votes.

The shift in focus at yesterday's media briefing away from the hacking claims toward the results on the IEBC's system undermined the alliance's credibility, Gordon at Verisk said.

Kenyatta is already on track for a win (97 percent of stations reporting, Kenyatta: 54.32 percent; Odinga's 44.8 percent).

Earlier in the day, opposition supporters burned tires and blocked roads in several areas.

Earlier former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, leading an observer team from the Carter Center, expressed confidence in the integrity of the electronic system.

Head of the EU's election mission Marietje Schaake confirmed Kerry's assessment of the voting, and said she had seen "no signs of centralized or localized manipulation".

But the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) doubled down on accusations the counting process was a "sham" after Odinga claimed Wednesday that hackers broke into the electronic tallying system and manipulated results.

They had used the log-in details of top IT official Chris Msando, found murdered and tortured last month, he said.

"We affirm the conviction that the judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya, and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election".