Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

BBCI: Kenya election: Uhuru Kenyatta defeats Raila Odinga

BBCI: Kenya election: Uhuru Kenyatta defeats Raila Odinga

Uhuru was announced the victor by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after garnering 8,203, 290 votes, a 54.27% representation of all the votes cast, against his closest challenger, Raila Odinga, who received 6,762,224 votes, a 44.74% representation of the votes cast.

Kenyans on Tuesday voted in large numbers an election that pits President Uhuru Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga in this East African economic hub known for its relative, long-term stability as well as the ethnic allegiances that shadow its democracy.

Speaking minutes before a long-awaited announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), James Orengo, an opposition leader, said the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) had rejected the counting process as a "charade".

At this crucial moment, he and his National Super Alliance (NASA) must also step up to this call for transparency: if they can not swiftly substantiate their allegations that the election was hacked and "most" of the official results already published by the IEBC are false, they should concede defeat and thereby contribute to strengthening Kenya's democracy.

Earlier, Mr Odinga's supporters said he had won, and published their own figures. "I therefore wish to declare Uhuru president elect", said polls commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, as cheers and singing broke out at the national tallying centre.

Many observers fear a repeat of the violence after the disputed election 10 years ago when more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced.

"As for now, I can not say whether the election has been hacked".

Kenya's election commission says it is still checking results from Tuesday's vote as anticipation heightens ahead of an announcement of the final tally.

Several businesses across Kenya remained closed on Friday with only a handful resuming work after a keenly contested general election that has left the country on edge.

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"We are trying to plead with them to wait for the issue of the result to settle", he said.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department released a statement encouraging a peaceful approach to resolving any electoral disputes.

Kenya's election commission declared Friday that the 55-year-old businessman and son of the country's founding President had received enough votes to secure a second five-year term.

"Nobody should think this is the end of the matter", he said.

Losing an election can be "very frustrating" because it prevents one from achieving a set goal, former president John Dramani Mahama has said.

Odinga, a former prime minister, blamed Kenyatta's Jubilee Party for the alleged hacking.

In recent days, opposition officials have described the election results as a fraud and claimed that Raila Odinga, the 72-year-old Nasa leader, was the legitimate victor.

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga are rioting in a Nairobi slum and in Kisumu, a city where he has strong support.

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed. At least three people were killed.

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