Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta ahead as votes counted

Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta ahead as votes counted

The IGAD chairman and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged Kenyans to respect the election results. It is not yet clear when that will happen.

The leading candidates have avoided using inflammatory rhetoric that could fuel tensions ahead of the vote, global election observers said.

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

According to the preliminary election results so far published by IEBC, with 97% reporting, President Uhuru Kenyatta has an insurmountable lead of over 1.4 million votes.

The hackers were able to access the system using the credentials of Chris Msando, a top IT official at the IEBC found tortured and murdered in late July, Odinga said.

On Wednesday, he said that the IT system of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was witnessing the worst "voter theft" in its history.

"The long wait is leading to tension", said political analyst Hezron Mogambi. "For now, I can not say whether or not the system has been hacked", said Waguma, according to The Guardian.

Although most of the East African nation was calm after Tuesday's vote, scattered clashes broke out between police and opposition supporters. Police killed one person when they opened fire on protesters in Kisii County, a regional police commander said. "Our mothers and fathers all struggled so that we would all have a better Kenya and a better future", Kenyatta said in a televised address on Monday.

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

In 2013, Kenyatta won the presidential election with 50.07 per cent of the votes, avoiding a run-off election by just 8,000 votes.

There have been pockets of unrest in the country, like in western Kenya's Kisumu, as well as Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, where burned tires have been smoldering in the road since Wednesday.

At least three people have died in the violence. They have also appealed to Kenyans who have disputes to follow due process. "But we believe that the election's commission in Kenya has put together a process that will allow each and every vote's integrity to be proven", Kerry told CNN, noting that there were "little aberrations here and there". The election commission has a week from the vote to release the final tally.

"We demand that the IEBC chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare Raila Amolo Odinga... as the duly elected president". "The streets do not".

Meanwhile, International election observers Thursday called for restraint as Kenyans await the announcement of the official results from the nationwide polls.

But Schaake emphasized that the vote count and verification werestill underway.

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