Kenyan opposition to accept results in election servers if given access

Kenyan opposition to accept results in election servers if given access

Kenyan opposition to accept results in election servers if given access

Odinga ran in Kenya's last two elections and lost, blaming vote rigging following irregularities on both occasions.

Most of this East African country nation has remained calm since the vote, but several people have been shot and killed in clashes between police and opposition supporters.

"We urge all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announcement of official results". Kenya's "constitution and the law do not envisage a situation where a candidate in an election demands that he be declared the victor based on results that he has provided", it said in a statement.

In the Kondele neighbourhood of the western city of Kisumu - where protests erupted on Wednesday - hundreds of celebrating Odinga supporters took to the streets, banging drums and blowing vuvuzelas after Mudavadi's announcement.

"We urge calm. Those who (are) aggrieved should go to court", said Bishop Arap Korir.

There were pockets of similar celebrations in opposition strongholds in Nairobi as well.

Odinga said results were being filled out by agents working out of a Nairobi hotel but he did not provide any evidence.

Election commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati acknowledged that an attempt to hack the voting system was undertaken on polling day, but that it failed.

Election officials have disputed Odinga's claims that hackers infiltrated the election commission's database and manipulated results against him. The commission's latest tally of ballots from 40,333 of the country's 40,883 polling stations show Kenyatta has 8.13 million votes, compared with 6.73 million for Odinga.

"We raised some very serious concerns".

Later the commission provided a detailed rebuttal of the opposition claims, pointing out mathematical errors and saying documents purporting to be from their system "were plainly falsified and contain elementary errors".

Kenya's main opposition alliance demanded its candidate be declared the victor of Tuesday's election, escalating a potentially violent political crisis in the East African nation.

Odinga's party called for calm to avoid bloodshed as the final results are compiled.

"Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition", European Union observer mission head Marietje Schaake said.

Britain and the United States joined foreign observer missions from the European Union, African Union, Commonwealth and the Carter Center in urging party leaders to be patient and refrain from inflaming tensions ahead of the release of final results, expected on Friday.

"The streets do not", said former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, an election observer for The Carter Center, an global democracy promotion group led by former President Jimmy Carter.

"The process that was put in place is proving its value thus far", Kerry said.

"The accurate and lawful results in the presidential election is the transmission received from the polling stations and contained in the IEBC servers", he said.

The shift in focus at yesterday's media briefing away from the hacking claims toward the results on the IEBC's system undermined the alliance's credibility, Gordon at Verisk said.

Tuesday's poll was credible, African Union and Commonwealth observers said.

Clashes between police and opposition supporters broke out in a Nairobi slum. One injured or dead person was rushed from the scene in a sack.

Earlier in the day, some market stalls and shops had opened in Kisumu and more vehicles were on the street than a day earlier.

"I know there is a lot of anxiety people asking when we are going to complete this process for us we say there is no need to hurry, we need to be accurate", he said.

Odinga's camp has said figures released by the commission since Tuesday's vote were "fictitious" and that "confidential sources" within the commission had provided figures showing Odinga had a large lead in the race.

The cases against them collapsed as witnesses died or disappeared.

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