Observers back Kenya's 'credible' election process

Observers back Kenya's 'credible' election process

Provisional results of the Presidential poll shows the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta to be leading.

He noted that after Odinga's NASA made the claim that the electronic electoral system had been hacked, the IEBC had agreed on Wednesday to verify all the results by manually checking all the "34A" paper forms which had been filled in at all of the country's 40,883 polling stations and also the constituency centres, around the country.

All eyes will now turn to Odinga, and his reaction to the loss which he claimed was a result of massive rigging of Tuesday's election, which his party denounced as a "charade" and a "disaster".

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who served as an election observer for the Carter Center, said Thursday that while there were "little aberrations here and there", the election was not rigged.

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 process is still underway".

Worldwide observers on Thursday gave the thumbs-up to the election, and USA ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for the election commission to be given time to complete its work.

Of 112 polling stations sampled by Reuters from across the country, two thirds had a match between the electronic and paper results.

"All of this provides an extensive, traceable trail of agreement by many parties on the paper balloting process and outcome - including a majority of stations where both NASA and Jubilee agents were present".

Odinga's complaints of election irregularities have stoked fears of aggrieved supporters taking to the streets in a scenario reminiscent of violence that erupted in the aftermath of the December 2007 election.

Kenya's B+ credit rating and stable outlook won't be affected by its election as long as there is no repeat of the 2007 violence, the S&P Global agency said.

"I don't control anybody".

Protests have remained isolated in Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi slums - where police shot dead two protesters on Wednesday - and the lakeside city of Kisumu.

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.

On Thursday, Nairobi appeared to be somewhat quieter than usual, possibly because of school holidays and some concern from residents about potential violence.

Over 400 worldwide election observers - including officials from the United States and the European Union - were deployed across the country to monitor voting, the tallying process and part of the post-election period.

Schaake said the group assessed voting procedures and saw "no signs of centralized or localized manipulation".

The election commission has until August 15 to report final results. It said there had been an attempt to hack into its system but said it had failed.

Later the commission provided a detailed rebuttal of the opposition claims, pointing out mathematical errors and saying documents purporting to be from their system "were plainly falsified and contain elementary errors". He said it showed "a serious attempt to try to either doctor or alter the final results".

He said hackers had infiltrated the election authority's systems using the identity of Chris Msando, an election official who was tortured and murdered a week before the vote.

"They have done their own additions and they think Raila has 8 million (votes), which is ridiculous, there is nothing", Abdi Yakub Guliye said.

"We have uncovered the fraud".

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