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Kenya: incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta declared victor of general election

12 Agosto 2017, 01:40 | Benedicto Grullon

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown meets Raila Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya at 10 Downing Street London

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown meets Raila Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya at 10 Downing Street London

The Kenya election commission on Friday declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second and final five-year term in this week's polls, despite opposition objections over the fairness of the vote. Candidates need a simple majority along with a quarter of the votes in half of Kenya's 47 counties to secure victory.

"We laud the people of Kenya for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they exercised their right to vote of August 8, 2017. We shall work together, we shall partner together, we shall grow together so we can build this great nation", Kenyatta said.

"We assure Kenyans and all residents, the country is safe", said Matiangi.

Almost 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots. Nasa has complained of fraud and hacking, but the election commission has defended its process and says the results published are accurate.

Odinga's rejection of the tally fueled tensions among opposition supporters fearful of a stolen election, and raised fears a disputed result could trigger violence.

This race was likewise about the political duel between the Kenyatta and Odinga families, which goes back to Kenyan autonomy in 1963. Our issues have not been addressed. "It looks like the president (and) the deputy president knew all along what the commission was going to do", coalition agent James Orengo said.

Vincent Kimosop, a governance policy analyst, told the GNA that it was cost effective to hold all the election in one day.

He spoke after the NASA coalition walked out of the meeting with IEBC commissioners where the commission made its stand to announce the victor.

The 73-year-old Kerry is co-leading the Carter Center's mission of election observers, who released their preliminary observations a day after Odinga claimed early electronic election results had been compromised by hackers.

"When these characters, when you hear their names, they look like heaven", said Orengo, who questioned the motives of the visiting monitors. "We are all citizens of the same republic". As with any competition, there shall always be winners, and there shall be losers. "We all belong to Kenya". I extend a hand of friendship and cooperation. Shots were also fired in the capital.

The election commission rejected the claims and said they contained basic mathematical errors.

Global observers on Thursday gave the thumbs-up to the election, and USA ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for the election commission to be given time to complete its work.

NASA has claimed that the results were manipulated in a massive hacking attack, while also saying it has obtained results that are being concealed on IEBC servers that indicate Odinga is the rightful victor.

As they wait for final results to be tallied and confirmed, many Kenyans are nervous of a repeat of the clashes that killed about 1,200 people after a bitterly contested 2007 election. The crisis was solved after Kibaki and Raila agreed to form a coalition government.

Kenyan police fired tear gas to contain protests which broke out minutes after the victor was declared. Kenyatta, 55, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule, has not commented on Odinga's claims.

In a country with such a fraught election history, relatively minor incongruities can be amplified to create serious doubts among voters.

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