Kenya's election commission suffered 'hacking attempt'

Marsha Scott
August 12, 2017

"They (the results) are fictitious, they are fake", he told a news conference, saying the election board was required by law to display forms signed by party observers from each polling center certifying the results and had not done so.

The provisional results from Tuesday's vote gave Kenyatta a substantial lead over Odinga. "The streets do not".

Three more people have been killed as Kenya's post-election violence boiled over after opposition leader Raila Odinga (a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's first vice president) claimed "massive" fraud in Tuesday's vote.

Provisional tallies released by the electoral commission so far show Kenyatta with a nine-point lead on Odinga.

At least five people were killed in separate incidents on Wednesday during riots that followed the general elections in Kenya, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. "Hackers gained entry into the election database through Msando ['s] account and directly into Chairman Wafula Chebukati's account", said Odinga, according to Kenya's Star newspaper.

The slain election official was working for the ruling Jubilee party, Hassan Barisa, a resident of Hola in Galole, said.

Worldwide observers praised the handling of the election, with the European Union saying it had seen no sign of manipulation despite opposition complaints and scattered protests.

That claim echoed one made by Odinga shortly after the voting.

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Kenyan election officials say only they have the authority to declare the victor, and worldwide election observers say they have seen no signs of interfering with the vote.

"We demand that the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Raila Amolo Odinga... as the duly elected president".

"According to us, the results are null and void because they are not backed by any evidence".

The clashes evoked memories of a disputed election in 2007 when Odinga's calls for demonstrations triggered waves of ethnic violence that spread from Kisumu across the country.

Of Kenya's population of 48 million, 19 million were registered to vote in elections that are also choosing members of parliament and local representatives in the country's devolved counties.

On Wednesday, violence flared in several cities, with angry protesters setting tires ablaze and blocking roads in the Mathare slums of the capital, Nairobi. "If one wants to know what a fraud is; this is one", he said.

"I haven't heard what the Opposition says... on what basis their complaint would be".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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