Election hack claim sparks protests after Kenya's vote

Kajiado County south of Nairobi. Credit Dai Kurokawa  European Press

The opposition is rejecting those results as fraudulent, however, saying the electoral commission's computer networks were hacked.

Marietje Schaake, leader of the mission, who said this on Thursday, promised that the European Union mission's final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which Raila Odinga, opposition leader, said had been compromised by hackers. "The streets do not".

Kenya's election commission dismissed claims on Wednesday by opposition leader Raila Odinga that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a "fictitious" lead for Odinga's long-time rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Violence has escalated following claims of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

In 2007, the disputed election led to two months of ethnically-driven political violence that killed almost 1,100 people and displaced 600,000 others. "The 2017 general election was a fraud", said Odinga.

Mr Kenyatta was leading with 54.34 per cent and Mr Odinga had 44.78 after votes at almost 39,000 of the 40,883 polling stations were counted, according to the Kenya's election commission.

Possibly alluding to the "little aberrations" that Kerry referenced, chairman of the voting authority Wafula Chebukati noted, "The commission has responded to the claims by [the National Super Alliance]".

The mission who visited 464 polling stations across the country, said Tuesday vote, "was consistent with policies of the African Union" but voter education was insufficient.

Three people were killed after an attack inside a vote tallying centre on Kenya's coast.

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

The claims, which have not been verified, tie into the narrative supported by the opposition party during the campaign that the ruling party meant to steal the election.

Former Ghanaian president John Mahama, who is leading the Commonwealth delegation, also urged Kenyans to give the IEBC "proper time and space to complete the results process with necessary due diligence".

On Wednesday, violence flared in several cities, with angry protesters setting tires ablaze and blocking roads in the Mathare slums of the capital, Nairobi.

"Even if I am celebrating, let me celebrate in a way that will not provoke the other person because if I celebrate in a way that provokes another person, that escalates that feeling of people fighting of which we don't want", said Otieno.

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