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Election hack claim sparks protests after Kenya's vote

Election hack claim sparks protests after Kenya's vote”

Provisional results showed Kenyatta, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule, holding a strong lead with votes from 98 per cent of polling stations counted.

Mudavadi claimed that Nasa had received information from confidential IEBC sources indicating that Raila is victor of the General Elections.

Diplomats observing the tallying process at Bomas called for calm to allow the IEBC complete the process of summing results received from across the country and issue a final announcement on who won the election.

One demonstrator was killed by police following clashes in opposition strongholds across Nairobi, and officers fired tear gas to scatter a group of 100 protesters in Kisumu.

"We are happy", said 35-year-old Anthony Karaba, as a police helicopter hovered overhead.

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.

IEBC chief Wafula Chebukati had earlier urged parties to "exercise restraint" as results were being finalised. "There may come a time when we need to call you into action", he said.

Security has been beefed up at Bomas of Kenya ahead of the formal declaration of presidential election results. The papers will be used to verify the preliminary results and a final outcome will be announced thereafter, he said.

However, in the run-up to election day, a top election official was murdered, there were claims of vote-rigging and hate speech flyers and rhetorical text messages began circulating. "We have said before, and reiterate, that any candidate with grievances pursue established avenues of redress", the Daily Nation said in an editorial. The East African high-tech and commercial hub of 44 million people is often described as one of the continent's most politically stable countries, but the recent torture and killing of the official in charge of the electronic voting system has many recalling the disputed 2007 election between the same candidates that left more than 1,000 people dead.

However, he admitted on Thursday that there had been an attempt to tamper with the poll system, but the hackers had not succeeded.

Former US secretary of state John Kerry, leading an observer team from the Carter Center, expressed confidence in the IEBC on Thursday.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is heading the AU observer mission, said the voting process was peaceful and the ongoing tallying process is open and transparent.

Polling officers have been sending results electronically to Nairobi, which are showing up in real time on a public website.

Currently, Uhuru has 7,684,411 votes against Raila's 6,310,940 from 37,687 out of 40,883 polling stations.

Odinga said Kenyatta's lead had been suspiciously constant since tallying began and did not jibe with what his own party agents were telling him.



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