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Kenya electoral body refutes Raila’s victory claims

NASA’s Raila Odinga had asked Kenya’s electoral body to declare him winner. Courtesy photo.

Kenya’s electoral commission has warned the opposition that its claims of victory for its presidential candidate Raila Odinga could be deemed illegal.

The opposition has published its own figures putting Raila ahead of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.
This contrasts with provisional electronic results giving Uhuru a clear lead in Tuesday’s poll.

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati told the BBC it was the only body legally allowed to count votes.
He accused the opposition coalition of basic mathematical errors. International observers have described the election as free and fair.

Chebukati said on Thursday that the documents containing the real results were still being sent from constituencies to their national tallying centre.

Odinga has said the commission’s IT system was hacked and Kenya was witnessing the worst “voter theft” in its history.

But the commission said that while there had been an attempt to hack its system, it had failed.
The final outcome should be announced later on Friday.

 

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