Kenya election chief rejects opposition’s hacking claims

Kenya's election commission dismissed claims that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a 'fictitious' lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

FILE: Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials make a sweep of electoral material 7 August 2017 at a holding centre in Kagio. Picture: AFP.

NAIROBI - Kenya's election commission dismissed claims on Wednesday by opposition leader Raila Odinga that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a "fictitious" lead for Odinga's long-time rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Angry protests erupted in opposition strongholds in the capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu as the counting of votes from Tuesday's election continued, but the election commission said the election had been free and fair.

Police shot dead at least three people and protesters killed a fourth, witnesses said. Although the violence remained largely contained, Kenyans were nervously hoping to avoid a repetition of the ethnic killings that followed a disputed 2007 presidential poll, when some 1,200-people died.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, heading an international observer team to Kenya’s elections, has appealed for calm and patience as the nation waits for official results.

Provisional results from the election commission website put Kenyatta in front with 54.3% of votes counted to 44.8% for Odinga, a margin of 1.4 million ballots with 97% of polling stations reported.

Earlier, Odinga published his own party's assessment of the count on Twitter, saying he had 8.1 million votes against 7.2 million for Kenyatta. 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.

Fighting to avoid becoming a four-time loser, Odinga tells a press conference the results have been hacked and are a complete fraud.

He says the identity of murdered election official Chris Musando’s been used to create errors in the commission’s data base.

Odinga maintains the election is being stolen from him as it was in 2013.