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KENYA ELECTIONS: OPPOSITION CALLS FOR RAILA ODINGA TO BE "DECLARED WINNER"

August 10, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga at the press conference on Thursday (August 10th). © REUTERS / Thomas Mukoya



While the chairman of the Kenyan Independent Electoral Commission announced on Thursday (August 10th) that the final results of the Tuesday elections will not be known until Friday afternoon, the opposition demands that Raila Odinga be declared the winner. Yesterday, clashes erupted and caused at least four deaths in the country.

"We demand that the President of the IEBC (Independent Electoral Commission) announce immediately the results and declare Raila Amolo Odinga as the duly elected president of Kenya," said Musalia Mudavadi, one of the opposition leaders gathered In the NASA coalition behind Raila Odinga's candidacy. This demand was made at a press conference on Thursday at which Odinga was also present.

Mudavadi said that information from "confidential sources" at the election commission showed Odinga had secured victory by just under 300,000 votes. He provided no evidence but demanded Odinga be declared winner. He said there was a "serious attempt to try to either doctor or alter the final results."

The official results are not yet known for the elections held on Tuesday, 8 August, but provisional results show that Uhuru Kenyatta will win.

Uhuru Kenyatta is credited with 54.24% of the votes, and Raila Odinga 44.88%, according to the still provisional results, available on the site of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC). These results - still provisional and unofficial - relate to the 98.42% of the total returns.

No official results before Friday

Wafula Chebukati, IEBC President, announced that the final results will not be known until Friday, August 11, at midday. "We expect all the results of our presidential agents to reach the national counting center by tomorrow [Friday] noon," said the IEBC president. "We call on all parties to continue to exercise restraint at these crucial moments," he said.

Raila Odinga had on Wednesday denounced the results, referring to massive fraud and claiming that the counting system had been the target of computer hackers. The IEBC president confirmed that the computer servers had suffered attacks, but that they had failed. He also promised transparency in the investigation of these allegations.

At least four dead in the country

On Wednesday, clashes erupted in several parts of the country, particularly in the poor neighborhood of Mathare in Nairobi and in the town of Kisumu, Raila Odinga’s stronghold.

At least four people were killed in clashes between supporters of Raila Odinga and security forces. Two people were killed in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi and two others in Tana River County, in the southeast of the country. A man was also reportedly killed in Kisii, according to several Kenyan media, but the information was not confirmed by the authorities.

International observers call for calm

There are over 5,000 observers, deployed under the aegis of the African Union, the European Union, the Commonwealth, and NGOs. All have called for calm and patience.

"If there are any disputes, they must follow the legal way before the judges," said former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Touré, on behalf of the Carter Center.

The European Union's observation mission, headed by Marietje Schaake of the Netherlands, said on Thursday morning that it had observed "no signs of centralized or localized manipulation".

"Any irregularity or dispute about the process and the results must be the subject of petitions before the courts," insisted the head of the EU mission.



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