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Kenya Opposition Claims Vote Has Been Hacked

10 Août 2017

The major candidates for Kenya's presidency, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and challenger and opposition leader, Raila Odinga have cast their votes and the duo expressed confidence about winning.

Mr. Odinga, who now trails incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta by around 1.4 million votes, said that hackers had gained access to and manipulated the voting system.

"These results are fake, it is a sham". He provided no supporting documentation.Fighting to avoid becoming a four-time loser, Odinga tells a press conference the results have been hacked and are a complete fraud.

Polling officers have been sending results electronically to Nairobi, which are showing up in real time on a public website, but these need to be backed up with forms signed by them and party agents in each of the 40,883 polling stations.

Mr. Odinga was also a candidate in the 2007 election, which was followed by deadly violence fueled by ethnic rivalries. A Tuesday morning entry in the purported computer logs that Odinga posted on Facebook reads: "Login failed for user "msando".

Odinga called the partial results of the general election "a fraud", and termed the hacking as a "tragedy of monumental proportion" and an "attack on our democracy". Odinga, 72, flagbearer of the NASA coalition, is taking his fourth and likely final stab at the presidency. You want to serve the people and so no blood must be shed because you want to serve people...

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati insisted the poll was "free and fair".

Voting has passed off largely peacefully and the electoral commission has urged people to wait calmly for all the results. Opposition leaders blamed Jubilee but police are still investigating.

"You can not claim that results are fake with respect to presidential vote and you welcome the areas where your governors and MPs have won convincingly".

Demonstrators protesting the result in Kisumu, western Kenya, say police are shooting at them and using tear gas. But he added: "I don't control the people".

On Wednesday, violence flared in several cities, with angry protesters setting tires ablaze and blocking roads in the Mathare slums of the capital, Nairobi. The unarmed men, who had been chanting "No Raila, no peace", scattered.

Kenya Opposition Claims Vote Has Been Hacked