KENYATTA RE-ELECTED KENYA PRESIDENT

KENYATTA RE-ELECTED KENYA PRESIDENT
Kenyatta addressed the nation

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner Friday of a disputed election with 54.27 (8,203,290) percent of votes, beating his rival Raila Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, the election commission announced.

“Having fulfilled the requirement by law… I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta… as president elect,” said polls commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, as cheers and singing broke out at the national tallying centre.

Earlier, Kenya’s opposition coalition refused to take part in the announcement of election results on Friday night, slamming the process as a “charade” and accusing the election commission of ignoring their concerns.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has alleged massive rigging from shortly after the end of Tuesday’s election, and had earlier asked the election commission (IEBC) to hold off on announcing results until their concerns could be addressed.

However as the IEBC prepared to announce the result, top NASA leader Musalia Mudavadi said: “We are not going to be party to it, out issues have not been addressed.”

“We have raised some very serious concerns, they have not responded to them. The chairman told us … they will respond to us after the event,” said Mudavadi.

Another top NASA official James Orengo denounced the counting process as “an entire charade, this is a disaster.”

Orengo also rejected calls from foreign observers to turn to the courts with their grievances. In 2013 their presidential candidate Raila Odinga said the poll had been rigged and lost his case at the Supreme court.

“Going to court for us is not an alternative. We have been there before. It’s not an alternative,” he said.

“Every time an election has been stolen, the Kenyan people have stood up to make sure that changes are made to make Kenya a better place.”


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The World awaits Kenya result

Kenya’s election commission earlier delayed the announcement of final Presidential results, saying they are ensuring they get it right before acting after a hotly-contested vote.

The IEBC had promised to make final announcments at 2.30pm, but the body’s CEO Ezra Chiloba came at 4pm at the National Tally Centre Bomas to explain they were still cross checking documents, and would rather be slow and sure.

Drama meanwhile played out as opposition NASA broadcast on facebook their tally centre, after which they held a press conference saying they had not been given majority of the forms from the elections. They said IEBC is now looking into the anormalies they raised and said results will not be released soon.

The opposition has already claimed victory, fanning tensions in the east African nation.

The IEBC insists its electronic voting system — seen as key to avoiding fraud — had not been compromised as alleged by opposition NASA leaders, despite apparent attempts to do so.

“Hacking was attempted but did not succeed, that is our position,” said Chebukati.


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