Violence erupts in Kenya over opposition leader's election hacking claims — Sky News

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at a press conference

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati at a press conference

The former prime minister accused Kenyatta's jubilee party of hacking into the electoral commission's database to manipulate results.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected early results of a presidential election that showed he was losing to incumbent and long-time rival Uhuru Kenyatta, stoking fears his supporters could take to the streets.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome told AFP that the two protesters shot dead had attempted to attack police officers, causing the officers to respond with live fire.

"We have our results and they don't match what IEBC is streaming on their portal", he said.

Earlier, Odinga published his own party's assessment of the count on Twitter, saying he had 8.1 million votes against 7.2 million for Kenyatta.

According to unofficial results streamed onto the website of Kenya's election commission (IEBC), Kenyatta was holding on to a commanding lead with 54 percent, while Raila Odinga has only secured 44.7 percent, with votes from over 96 percent of polling stations counted.

Representatives of the government and the opposition in Malawi reveal that they are closely following developments in Kenya where general elections are currently underway.

The opposition's claim has led to sporadic outbreaks of violence.

Mahama noted that the "opening, voting, closing and counting process at polling stations were credible, transparent and inclusive".

"Some people conspired and denied Kenyans an opportunity to elect their leaders", said Odinga.

His comments were made amid repeated calls for calm.

Odinga, aside from claiming the electronic results are a "sham", has complained about delays in the sending through of the forms, further fuelling suspicion about manipulation.

"We fear this was exactly the reason Chris Msando was assassinated", he said. Although limited irregularities have been reported, there are no indications that the election was rigged.

Odinga's comments raised the specter of post-election violence, which blighted Kenya 10 years ago in similar circumstances.

Odinga appealed for calm at the press conference, but added: "I don't control the people".

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