The opposition called the vote a "charade" and said going to court to challenge it isn't an option
The Chairman of the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati gives a media briefing at the Centre in Bomas, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as people wait to hear the announcement of the winner of presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. The counting process has been repeatedly delayed, and the election commission urged Kenyans to be patient as they wait for the official results of Tuesday's disputed election. (AP Photo/ Sayyid Abdul Azim), photo: AP/Sayyid Abdul Azim
11 of August 2017 15:12:06
NAIROBI – Kenya's election commission announced Friday that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term as opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed the vote was rigged.The commission said Kenyatta won Tuesday's election with 54 percent of the vote. It called the vote "credible, fair and peaceful."Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear were in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters.The opposition called the vote a "charade" and said going to court to challenge it isn't an option.
The election has been a test of the stability of the East African economic power as many recalled the post-election violence a decade ago that left more than 1,000 dead.Kenya has been relatively calm this week, but the country braced for possible violence Friday night.Hundreds of riot police patrolled Nairobi's central business district before the results were announced, and opposition supporters burned tires and blocked roads in several areas.The election commission rejected Odinga's claims that its database was hacked and results manipulated against him. This may have been the last chance at the presidency for the 72-year-old Odinga after three unsuccessful attempts.The long wait for election results increased tensions in the nation of 44 million people, though the commission by law had until Tuesday to announce them. At least three people were shot and killed during clashes between police and opposition supporters this week.
Press Conference on Election Results https://t.co/fVifogBsHS— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) 11 de agosto de 2017
Odinga, a former prime minister, claims that hackers infiltrated the election commission's computer system with the identity of a murdered election official and altered results to favor the 55-year-old Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule. On July 31, officials announced that Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems, had been tortured and killed.In addition, the CEO of a U.S.-based campaign data firm working for Odinga was deported last weekend after the opposition said security forces threw him into the trunk of a car.The election commission said there was a hacking attempt but it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him as the winner.The opposition earlier Friday said it had asked for access to the commission's servers to confirm whether the alleged hacking took place, and it said it would accept the results even if they showed that Kenyatta won.Kenyatta has not commented on Odinga's allegations.
Let us all engage, dialogue and build our country together. Elections come & go, but Kenya is here to stay. Let us reach out to one another— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) 11 de agosto de 2017
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