Deadly violence as opposition claims 'vote fraud — KENYA

11 Août, 2017, 00:17 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at a press conference

Violent clashes have erupted in Kenya after an opposition leader suggested that hackers had manipulated voting results in the presidential election.

Is Kenya heading for another round of blood letting?

He asked that any disputes around the election should be resolved peacefully, through the rule of law.

But most of the country remained peaceful.

Two more people were killed in the Tana River region in the southeastern part of the country.

Two people were shot dead in Nairobi while looting, Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome said.

Even though there is no official result yet, posts on the website of the electoral commission indicates that president Uhuru Kenyatta who is flying the flag of jubilee party is leading with fifty-four point three percent to Odinga's forty-four point eight percent share of the votes.

Officials and politicians have called for calm in what is mainly a contest between sitting president Uhuru Kenyatta 55 and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga 72.

Mr Kenyatta won 50.7% of the vote at the last election in 2013, narrowly avoiding a run-off.

"The system has failed", Odinga told reporters.

About 19.6 million Kenyans flocked the over 40,000 polling stations across the nation to cast their ballot in an election that besides the president, involves five other leaders. Lamu is on a dusk-to-dawn curfew following attacks by the al-Shabaab extremist group based in neighbouring Somalia Al-Shabaab had threatened to disrupt Tuesday's elections.

Wednesday's rejection of the results updated on the portal of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has once again brought up the naming of the forms used in the collation of presidential election results.

Musalia Mudavadi said a a letter has been sent to the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to express their disappointment and for him to look into irregularities immediately. Many fear a repeat of 2007.

Violence and vote rigging claims dominated preparations for the poll.

The statement came as a response to claims by Odinga who said the commission's hacked computers posted fake results online, providing Kenyatta with a "fictitious" lead.