U.S. urges any Kenyan candidates disputing results to avoid violence


The opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the presidential results as fraudulent, however, saying the electoral commission's computer networks were hacked.

The European Union election observer mission in Kenya says there are no signs of "centralised or localised manipulation" of the voting process in the country's general elections.

Shortly after they spoke however, one of NASA's leaders Musalia Mudavadi gave a televised press conference unveiling new claims from "confidential sources" within the IEBC saying their servers showed Odinga was the true victor. The gap of over a million votes means that Uhuru has all but secured a second term in office.

Preliminary online results from the IEBC website showed that with 97% of stations reporting, Kenyatta was leading with 54.32% of the votes to Odinga's 44.8%.

The ANC leader further said they noticed some results were streaming in from non-gazetted polling stations.

The forms mentioned in the press conferences by the IEBC National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga were: Forms 34A and 34B.

Most opposition supporters have so far heeded calls from their leaders to remain calm until an official declaration of the victor is made.

However, opposition official Musalia Mudavadi claimed to have obtained "complete data" from election commission servers showing that Odinga was actually ahead by several hundred thousand votes. "There may come a time when we need to call you into action", he said.

More than 1,000 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence in the months after Odinga, defeated by then-President Mwai Kibaki, claimed the vote was rigged.

"We need peace and we need the correct results". Shops remain closed and roads in Nairobi, usually clogged with traffic, were empty on Thursday. "The nation is sitting precariously on the precipice".

Financial markets shrugged off the prospects of a disputed result, with the FTSE NSE Kenya 25 Index of stocks advancing for a third straight day on Thursday to the highest level since July 2015.

"There were no external or internal interference to the system at any point before, during or after the voting", he stated. On Thursday, the electoral commission chief confirmed that there was an attempt to hack the system after the vote, but he said that attempt failed.

"The IEBC has put in place and has thus far followed a detailed process of paper ballot counting and security which, if followed through to the final steps, can give every Kenyan confidence that their vote was properly recorded and therefore this election can appropriately certify the outcome", Kerry said. "They can not come from a candidate or party".

Kerry is an election observer for The Carter Center.

Global election observers however found few irregularities and called the vote credible.

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

The IEBC is expected to announce the winning presidential candidate and so, majority of the presidential candidates who participated in the election congregated at the Bomas of Kenya for the official announcing of the results.