Election 2017: AU, Com­mon­wealth say poll cred­i­ble

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

For­eign ob­servers have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Kenya’s elec­toral process, de­spite op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga’s claim of mas­sive fraud.

African ob­servers de­scribed Tues­day’s poll as cred­i­ble, while for­mer US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said its in­tegrity re­mained in­tact.

The Euro­pean Union said can­di­dates should ac­cept los­ing as “nat­u­ral”.

Mr Odinga al­leges that re­sults of the pres­i­den­tial poll have been rigged to give in­cum­bent Uhuru Keny­atta vic­tory.

Mr Odinga’s sup­port­ers cel­e­brated in the western city of Kisumu af­ter his Na­tional Su­per Al­liance (Nasa) said he should be de­clared the win­ner, al­though un­ver­i­fied of­fi­cial re­sults give Mr Keny­atta a strong lead.

On Wed­nes­day, Mr Odinga said that the IT sys­tem of the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was wit­ness­ing the worst “voter theft” in its his­tory.

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