Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Kenya election 2017: AU and Commonwealth say poll credible

Kenya election 2017: AU and Commonwealth say poll credible

Senior party officials, including Odinga, have been arriving at the IEBC ahead of the expected results announcement. Almost 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.

"To my worthy competitor Raila Odinga, I reach out to you, I reach out to your supporters, let us work together", Kenyatta, 55, said, shortly after being declared victor.

"We urge Kenyans to support them", the envoys said. "Reach out to your neighbour, shake their hand". "No Kenyan should die because of an election", he said.

Clashes between police and opposition supporters broke out in a Nairobi slum.

However, there were also protests. And there were areas of unrest as protesters in the capital, Nairobi, sparred with police, who fired tear gas.

"We demand that the IEBC [Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission] chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare the right honorable Raila Amolo Odinga and his excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as the duly elected president and deputy president of the republic of Kenya, respectively", said Mudavadi. They have not responded to them.

"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.

He praised the Kenyan people's history of standing up to stolen elections and said there were "constitutional alternatives" to challenging any result, but he stopped short of calling for protests.

"We fear this was exactly the reason Chris Msando was assassinated, so this could happen", he said.

After complaining of fraud, Odinga told Reuters he believed most of more than 20,000 polling station result forms uploaded to the election commission's website were fake.

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.

As the final results deadline approaches, we shall see what transpires with this election!

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The main opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), has claimed both that the results were manipulated by a massive hacking attack, and that it is in possession of results being concealed on IEBC servers that show Odinga to be the rightful victor.

The main local election monitoring group said its parallel vote tally was incomplete so it could not comment on the differing figures.

A political analyst in Kenya says the lengthy wait for final results from Tuesday's disputed election could increase anxiety following opposition allegations of vote-rigging.

Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent post-election protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds.

"He has done a lot for this country", said James Maina Bajirane.

In 2007, tallying was halted and the incumbent president declared the victor, triggering an outcry from Odinga's camp and waves of ethnic violence that led to International Criminal Court charges against Kenyatta and his now-deputy, William Ruto.

An worldwide observer mission is urging Kenyans to be calm as they await final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging and the deaths of several people in election protests.

"If there are disputes or disagreements, the Kenyan constitution is very clear on how they are to be addressed". Violence must never be an option.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry led the election observation mission for the U.S. -based Carter Center, alongside former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure.

"The observers largely served the interests of the government", Orengo said.

"We have seen the results of political violence and I am certain there is no single Kenyan who would wish to go back to those days", Kenyatta said.

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