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Kenyan Electoral Commission declares Uhuru President

Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Friday night of 11th August 2017, declared the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, president following the disputed Tuesday 8th August polls.

Mr. Kenyatta led by 54 percent of the votes over the opposition leader and Presidential contender, Raila Aomol Odinga, who received 44.7 percent of the votes.

However, the veteran Kenyan opposition politician Mr. Odinga refused to concede defeat, calling the result “fraudulent”!

Prior to the announcement, the opposition National Supper Alliance (NSA), led by Mr. Odinga refused to take part in the ceremony, accusing the electoral commission of announcing the results before addressing the concerns raised by the opposition.

The commission said it would address the opposition’s concerns only after the official announcement of the results.

Mr. Odinga had earlier said the electoral computerised voting system was hacked and the election results were compromised. However, Mr. Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the commission said hackers tried to hack the computerised voting system, but failed to break into the servers.

The BBC reported on Saturday that at least eleven were killed following the announcement of the contested presidential election won by Mr. Kenyatta.

Supporters of the opposition Presidential candidate, Mr. Odinga, clashed with police in the opposition strongholds, mainly in Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city and Odinga’s birth place.

Clashes were also reported in some areas on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, which are homes to opposition followers.

Kenyan opposition said it will not challenge the election results in the court because they have lost confidence in the court. They said the integrity of Kenyan judiciary has been compromised by threats made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Thursday, international observers gave a thumb-up to the electoral commission, saying the election was “free and fair.” They said the polls were peaceful and there were no irregularities observed with the election conduct.

But the opposition accused the international observers of being bias. They said the heads of the different elections observations missions should have been vetted before they were allowed to observe 2017 Kenya’s general elections.

The opposition in particular, accused the former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, the head of the African Union Observation Mission, and the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, the head of Commonwealth Observation Mission of being friends of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

More than 1,300 Kenyans were killed and more than 600,000 others were displaced from their homes following the 2007-2008 post-elections violence—contested by Raila Odinga and the former President Mwai Kibabi.

Violence broke out when the electoral commission announced that Mr. Odinga lost to Mr. Kibabki.

Kenyan media reported that businesses remained closed in most cities across the country, including in the national capital, Nairobi. But President-Elect, Uhuru Kenyatta had passed a conciliatory message to Kenyans, calling for unity of the country following the recently concluded bitter election.

By Nichola Dominic Mandil

 

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