No signs of manipulation of Kenya vote - European Union observers

Former South African president Thambo Mbeki

So far, at least seven observer missions have already spoken in favor of the elections, praising Kenya's electoral body - the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of the European Union's election observer mission in Kenya said on Thursday it had seen no signs of "centralised or localised manipulation" of the voting process.

Several people died in protests on Wednesday after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged that hackers had infiltrated the election commission's database and manipulated results in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Addressing a news conference in capital Nairobi, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is leading a team from the Carter Center, backed the efforts of over 400 observers from nine observer missions during the elections.

Marietje Schaake said that the European Union mission's final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised by hackers.

Commonwealth observer mission head and Ghana's ex-President John Mahama said there was no reason to doubt the commission's ability to deliver a "credible election".

The election commission has described its electronic voting system as secure.

Early results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party ahead of his arch rival Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance. Another two people were shot dead by police for allegedly attacking a polling station.

When asked about Raila Odinga's hacking claims, Mbeki said the NASA presidential candidate and his team had met the observers and presented their grievances.

"We are working hard to ensure that we get the final results within the shortest time possible". They said it had no effect on the results but they will investigate the claims.

"Those of us who are friends of Kenya and who believe that peaceful election in Kenya, like in any other African country, is necessary to stabilise democracy in Africa and lay the foundation for strong economic development, unity and progress are also anxious", he said. It confirmed there had been an attempt to hack into its system but said it had failed.

So far 97 percent of the votes have been counted.

He posted 50 pages of computer logs online to support his hacking claims, but they were inconclusive, according to Matt Bernhard, who studies computer security in election systems at the University of MI.

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