Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Thabo Mbeki declares Kenyan presidential election peaceful

Thabo Mbeki declares Kenyan presidential election peaceful

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as the duly elected President of the Republic of Kenya.

Odinga lost that election; he also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

The opposition said documentation from nearly 11,000 polling stations remains outstanding and no results were announced at the constituency offices as required, an anomaly the electoral commission has failed to explain.

Over 400 global election observers - including officials from the United States and the European Union - were deployed across the country to monitor voting, the tallying process and part of the post-election period.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, said a hacking attempt had failed to manipulate the outcome of the vote.

"As for now, I can not say whether the election has been hacked".

He first alleged that a hacker had gained access to the electoral commission's database and then accused the commission of concealing the actual results, which Odinga said proved he was the victor.

"We are exhausted of being ruled by Kikuyus", said Wycliffe Onyalo, 25, referring to Kenyatta's tribe, which has dominated politics since Kenya's independence from Britain in 1963.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department released a statement encouraging a peaceful approach to resolving any electoral disputes.

Uhuru, 55, starts his second term as the fourth President of Kenya after a neck and neck race with NASA's presidential candidate, 72-year-old Raila Odinga.

Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing opposition supporters in one Nairobi neighbourhood, residents said, but most of the capital and the rest of the country were calm after four people were killed in election-related violence on Wednesday.

He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners.

"The world is waiting for the final declaration of the election and the reactions", said Mr, Obasanjo.

Another lovely addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.

The opposition claim centered on the torture and murder of a key election official, Chris Msando, who was in charge of information and communications technology at the election commission, just days before the vote. It has posted provisional results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta with a big lead over challenger Raila Odinga.

The protests erupted in Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, Reuters witnesses said.

The two candidates in the poll belong to two of the country's main ethnic groups, Kenyatta from the Kikuyu, the largest, and Odinga from the Luo. Without having all these forms to present to the public, the IEBC has had to admit that the results it has been announcing since Wednesay are unofficial. Many businesses remain closed amid fears of violence. At least three people were killed amid clashes with police.

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