Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kenya election results 'doctored'

Electoral workers engage in the vote tally verification process at the National Tallying Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (AP)
Electoral workers engage in the vote tally verification process at the National Tallying Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (AP)

The vote tallying process under way to determine the winner of the Kenya's presidential election "lacks integrity" and should be stopped, says the political coalition led by Kenya's prime minister. It alleged that some vote results have been doctored.

The statement by the coalition of Raila Odinga - one of two top presidential candidates - said the counting process should be restarted using primary documents from polling stations.

Kenya on Monday held its first national election since its 2007 vote sparked tribe-on-tribe attacks that killed more than 1,000 people.

Minor protests have cropped up since Monday's vote, but no massive rioting or ethnic violence has occurred. But as more time passes without a final result, tensions are rising, sparking fears that the dam now holding back potential protests could break.

Though Mr Odinga's party said it continues to call for "calm, tolerance and peace," its call for a halt to the vote count and allegations of vote rigging could agitate its supporters. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Odinga's running mate, said the announcement "is not a call to mass action."

Mr Odinga's supporters in 2007 felt they had been cheated out of an election win over President Mwai Kibaki. Those supporters took to the streets, kicking off two months of clashes that, in addition to the ethnic violence, saw more than 400 deaths caused by police who were fighting protesters. A 2008 government report said the results were so tainted it was impossible to say who actually won.

Mr Odinga faces Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta in this year's election. One of them must capture 50% of the vote to win; otherwise there is a run-off.

Officials today continued to add up votes from tally sheets that have been transported to the capital, results that are being played across all Kenyan TV screens.

The partial results today showed Mr Kenyatta with nearly 2.5 million votes to Mr Odinga's nearly two million. Less than half of the vote had been tabulated.

Mr Musyoka told a news conference that "we have evidence that the results we are receiving have actually been doctored." He then listed several voting districts where he said the total votes cast exceed the number of registered voters.

Press Association

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