Tensions Grow In Kenya As Results Awaited In Presidential Poll

Raila NASA is concerned that IEBC is streaming results that are not supported by form 34 as required by law

"We demand that the IEBC [Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission] chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare the right honorable Raila Amolo Odinga and his excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as the duly elected president and deputy president of the republic of Kenya, respectively", said Mudavadi.

"Our independent analysis done by our experts has shown that (Odinga) won this election square", Mbadi added.

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 victor.

Mr Kenyatta (below) got 54.3% of Tuesday's vote, ahead of rival Raila Odinga who secured 44.7%, according to figures released by election commission head Wafula Chebukati.

A senior official in the election commission rejected the opposition's claim.

Earlier, Orengo had called for the candidates and observers to be given access to the election commission's computer servers so there could be a transparent audit of data from 41,000 polling stations across the country.

In an unexpected turn of events, the National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, showed up at the Bomas of Kenya national tallying center on Friday, August 11.

Police had beefed up security across much of Kenya - particularly in opposition strongholds in the west and parts of Nairobi - in anticipation of the announcement of the result.

"We are supposed by now to have had results, but the delay has been caused by the fact that the opposition had complaints about the system of transmitting results", Mogambi said.

In his first term, Kenyatta, 55, was credited with a massive infrastructure drive, however his new government will face the rising debt as a result, and a predicted slowdown in growth from an average of more than five percent in recent years. One wounded man was carried away by protesters who said police shot him.

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East Africa's richest economy was gripped by uncertainty a decade after a disputed 2007 election which led to two months of ethno-political violence that left 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced.

In the Kondele neighbourhood of the western city of Kisumu - where protests erupted on Wednesday - hundreds of celebrating Odinga supporters took to the streets, banging drums and blowing vuvuzelas after Mudavadi's announcement. Kenyatta holds a strong lead with votes from 97.6 percent of polling stations counted.

Chebukati says "hacking was attempted but did not succeed" and that the counting of final results continues.

The alliance's "outright declaration that Odinga is the rightful victor raises the risk of further violence in opposition areas should the IEBC confirm Kenyatta's victory", Emma Gordon, an analyst at Bath, England-based Verisk Maplecroft, said in an emailed note.

NASA had alleged on Tuesday that the electoral commission's system was hacked and that the results transmitted to the IEBC that places the incumbent in the lead were fictitious. Election officials are investigating.

"We affirm the conviction that the judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya, and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election". I am very disappointed with John Kerry and the other observers.

Worldwide observers have given the thumbs-up to the vote and U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for any complaints to be channelled through the courts, not street protests.

He urged all sides to wait for the final results, and for the loser to accept defeat.

"There are gunshots all over; we don't know how it will end but we are praying for peace", said Kisumu resident Lucas Odhiambo, adding that people were bellowing through "vuvuzela" noisemakers when the results were announced "and police moved in".

The IEBC insists its electronic voting system - seen as key to avoiding fraud - had not been compromised, despite apparent attempts to do so.

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