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Kenya election 2017: Raila Odinga says election systems hacked

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results.

Mr Odinga said the results have come after a computer hack

He rejected early results from Tuesday’s vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya’s election chief Wafula Chebukati said he had confidence in the system but the claims would be investigated.

Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago and there have been calls for calm.

More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced following the 2007 vote.

Electoral officials say that with 91% of results in, Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.5%, to Mr Odinga’s 44.6%.

These results mean Mr Kenyatta appears to be heading for a first-round victory.

In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate needs 50% plus one of the votes cast and at least a 25% share of the vote in 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties. There were eight candidates in all, but apart from Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, none polled more than 0.3% of the vote.

Speaking at a press conference Mr Odinga, who heads the National Super Alliance (Nasa), said his supporters should remain calm.

But in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, in western Kenya, a BBC reporter saw a group of several hundred of his supporters take to the streets shouting: “No Raila, no peace”.

They were then dispersed by police using tear gas.

However, this appears to be an isolated incident.

Speaking to journalists in the capital, Nairobi, Internal Security Minister Fred Matiang’i urged Kenyans to continue with their normal activities, saying he had not received any reports of unrest following the vote.

He also said that social media access could be restricted if it “threatens the security of the country”.

What is Mr Odinga’s complaint about the vote?

Mr Odinga said that the hackers had gained access to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) computer system by using the identity of the commission’s IT manager, Chris Msando, who was killed last month.

He alleged that the hackers “loaded an algorithm” that allowed them to alter the results and ignore the figures being transmitted from tallying centres around the country.

The opposition leader had earlier told journalists the results coming in were “fake”, because the authorities had failed to present documents verifying the results.

What does the electoral commission say?

The electoral commission has not reacted to the claims that its IT systems had been hacked, but earlier it urged people to wait calmly for the full results of Tuesday’s vote.

“During this critical phase, we urge all Kenyans to exercise restraint as we await official results from the polling stations and indeed as they start trickling in,” the commission said.

However, it admitted that a lack of mobile data coverage had delayed the delivery of the supporting documents, which had formed the basis for the opposition’s earlier complaint.

There had been reports on election day of the failure of some voter-identification equipment.

Also, one in four polling stations were without strong mobile phone coverage, meaning that officials were asked to drive to the nearest town to send results.

The presidential candidates’ agents would have “special access” to the forms, though, the electoral commission said.

The Daily Nation newspaper quoted commission head Ezra Chiloba as saying only results supported by the forms had been published.

How did the voting go?

Voting passed off largely peacefully and some polling stations remained open after the scheduled 17:00 (14:00 GMT) closing time.

People started queuing early to ensure they could cast their vote. Long queues could be seen, and video footage at one polling station showed people injured after an apparent stampede.

There were reports that one man had been killed in clashes in the Kilifi area.

But there was one heartening moment when a woman gave birth to a baby girl as she queued in West Pokot to cast her ballot. New mother Pauline Chemanang called the circumstances of the birth a “blessing” and called her baby Kura, Swahili for “ballot”, according to local radio.

However, in the run-up to election day, there were claims of vote-rigging and hate speech flyers and rhetorical text messages began circulating.

Some nervous Kenyans stockpiled food and water, while police prepared emergency first aid kits in the event of violence.

What is at stake?

Mr Kenyatta is hoping for a second term in office.

Voting for the national and local assemblies has also been taking place.

Mr Odinga, 72, has run for president three times and lost each time. President Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya’s founding president, narrowly beat him in the last election in 2013, but their rivalry is generations old – their fathers were political opponents in the 1960s.

Mr Kenyatta and his running-mate William Ruto were indicted by the International Criminal Court for their alleged roles in the bloodshed a decade ago. The case ultimately collapsed due to lack of evidence, and after key witnesses died or disappeared. BBC News

  • it explains the death of the election body,sudden death

  • African politics whereby no one will surrender or concide defeat. Before full announcements then somebody will be talking of theft votes. Pliz bear in mind that its the system at play

  • kkkkk Zec yeku Kenya amana

  • raila odinga big virus

  • Same old story.” We was robbed”! Where were you?

  • ukabirirwa uchiona unozvimisazve maje ukangotaura kuvanhu hazvibatsire kutya kudyiwa chete pane akazombobvuma kuti adyiwa here ngatinyararire

  • There will never be anything called justice

  • Haiwayo Uhuru is more popular than Raila check even followers on twitter

    • lol its nothing to politics man.Clinton had more followers wani than Trump.Social media haina zvaino decider kuma votes

    • Kenyan electorate has chosen Uhuru

    • Did they really choose him or he chose himself? Why did Musando die? What about Nkaisery?

    • Chris Ncube.i voted for Uhuru.Musando death we left to the investigating arm of the government and Nkaisserry died of heart attack.

    • Atohwina zvavharana

    • Mbugua Njuguna Henry aterere, unamanisha iyo kura akuiba? Mbona RAO emeweka evidence ya hacking kwamtandao?

    • Mbugua Njuguna Henry u from the kikuyu* tribe ryt just be frank n honestly and confession noone will ever be president from outside your tribe

    • Chris Ncube.you know you can feed a goat and it goes on screaming? Once upon a time, two people took their merchandise to the market for sale. One took a lamb and another took a hyena. People took so much interest in the hyena all day but when it came to close the doors, all went to the lamb seller and he went home smelling but the hyena man set it free.

    • The biggest problem with African politics is tribalism ndugu yangu. The day we are going to look beyond tribes and look at honest candidates who have balls to fire people who steal mahindi or euro bond, willlogate scandal or those who made $ 15 billion dollars from diamonds disappear, the day we have presidents like Kagame and Magufuli, our continent would be perfect.
      I yearn for the day we are going to have a Tonga president in Zimbabwe or a president from Nubi tribe in Kenya.
      Zimbabwe and Kenya have similar issues. Corruption and tribalism.

  • Kenya why

  • Yaaa, 2018?

  • How did he know about the hacking and failed to spill the beans in time

  • Win

  • It is possible

  • Each and every election you are robbed where were you? You’re looser

  • that the song for the losers

  • Democracy also means accepting defeat

  • I said it before, “it is not the voting that has democracy, but the counting”.

  • Ur Odinga accept it en move on finish en klaar

  • wakapihwa munyama na SAVE muna MAY akauyako kuzodiiii

  • Next election William Ruto will run against, yes, you guessed right, Raila Odinga. And Ruto will win and Odinga will claim same story.

  • There is an MOU that makes Raila’s running mate to contest the election. Raila would be foolish to renege and run against his running mate and Ruto. That is when they will get trounced by Ruto. It is also not certain whether the Kikuyus will support Ruto because Kenyan elections are split on ethnic lines. Uhuru is a Kikuyu. Kikuyus still want to maintain dominance. They fear they will not be able to control Ruto like they did Moi. Remember Raila actually won the last election election that retained Mwai Kibaki because the Kikuyus refused.