Kenyan election: Riot breaks out in stronghold of opposition


IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said, "To enhance transparency, the commission has allowed the political party agents access to the results".

The chairman of Kenya's election commission says allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that the commission's database was hacked in order to manipulate results will be investigated.

He added that the results were "the work of a computer" and were not a reflection of the will of the voters.

Authorities hope to avoid the postelection violence of a decade ago when ethnic divisions fueled unrest that killed more than 1,000 people.

Results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a wide lead after votes from the vast majority of polling stations were counted.

Mr Odinga claimed the hackers installed an algorithm that ensured that results in the system maintained a 11 per cent gap between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the August 8, 2017 presidential election in Gatundu, Kiambu county. However, his complaint was later dismissed by the Supreme Court.

However, with less than four hours to the close of polling stations, scheduled for 5 pm, there were no reports of any violence.

Former US president Barack Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, led a chorus of worldwide calls on the eve of the vote for a peaceful election.

Kenyan police opened fire on people protesting over the election results in another opposition stronghold, killing one person.

Mr Orengo said the commission had assured them that the forms would be available in their mails, if they needed them.

With ballots from 92 percent of polling stations counted, electoral commission (IEBC) results showed Kenyatta leading, with 54.4 percent of the almost 13 million ballots tallied, against Odinga's 44.7 percent, a difference of 1.3 million votes. "Shake their hand, share a meal and tell them 'let us wait for the results, ' for Kenya will be here long after this general election".

Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final term in office, urged the 19 million registered voters to turn out in great numbers, but to "do so in peace".

If that threshold is not met it will trigger a run-off vote between the top two candidates, with the victor requiring a simple majority.