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Kenyan President Wins Second Term as Opposition Cries Foul

12 Agosto 2017, 03:29 | Bibiana Flor

Kenyan President Wins Second Term as Opposition Cries Foul

Mahama commends Kenyans for peaceful election

President Kenyatta will serve a second and final five-year term after he won 54 per cent of the vote against 45 per cent for Mr Odinga, a much larger margin of victory than opinion polls had suggested, Wafula Chebukati, the commission's chairman said.

Kenya's opposition coalition on Friday called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there.

Worldwide observers including the African Union said the election was free and fair and called on disputes to be resolved through the courts.

Turnout was 78.91 per cent, down from almost 85 per cent in 2013, electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati said, describing the process as "credible, fair and peaceful".

Mr Odinga lost the 2007 election that was followed by violence fuelled by ethnic tensions that killed more than 1,000 people. The commission says a hacking attempt failed.

"We laud the people of Kenya for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they exercised their right to vote of August 8, 2017".

Preliminary results show the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, leading by nine percentage points with almost all the votes counted.

Odinga refused to concede defeat even after Friday's announcement. And they cautioned that complaints with the process should be taken up through legal means, without recourse to the kind of violence that racked the country after its 2007 elections. "Going to court is not an alternative".

Mahama commends Kenyans for peaceful election

Soon after Odinga claimed on television that the election had been rigged, angry protesters in the Nairobi slum of Mathare and poor areas in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with police. An opposition alliance's backing for Mr Odinga was not enough to stop Mr Kenyatta's re-election.

But in a televised news conference on Wednesday morning, Odinga, a 72-year-old former political prisoner, flatly rejected the preliminary results as "fictitious" and "fake" while arguing that the election authority's systems had been "hacked" to manipulate the results in his rival's favor.

On the other hand, Kenyans have been calm despite the noises by politicians and civil society activists because they are not interested in starting violence.

Odinga supporters interviewed by the Guardian in recent days said their leader had been robbed of victory in the last two polls, but that they would not take to the streets if they believed they had been fairly defeated this time.

Mbeki's mission joins the European Union observer team in endorsing the elections.

In 2002, Under Kenya African National Union (KANU), he contested for the presidency, facing off a worthy opponent, President Mwai Kibaki, a move that sparked controversy in KANU leading to defection of some key members.

This week, Nairobi, normally a frenetic city of legendary traffic jams, was transformed into a relative ghost town, with many families leaving out of fear.

Odinga has earlier disputed provisional results displayed on the IEBC website which placed Kenyatta in the lead.

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