He said they will be ready to do so should they clearly see that figures in the commission’s server show they lost.
Former US secretary of state John Kerry has stepped into the Kenyan election controversy with an impassioned plea to opposition leader Raila Odinga to stay within the law when protesting against the results. “The streets do not”.
Kenyan police have shot dead two demonstrators in the capital Nairobi as violence erupted after an opposition leader claimed massive fraud in the general elections that saw the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead.
Odinga, 72, who claims elections in 2007 and 2013 were stolen from him, charged that hackers broke into the IEBC’s systems and rigged the count, an allegation that fuelled uncertainty in what was already a tight race.
She praised the IEBC for conducting a thorough and transparent electoral process, but said she wouldn’t comment on allegations of hacking.
Possibly alluding to the “little aberrations” that Kerry referenced, chairman of the voting authority Wafula Chebukati noted, “The commission has responded to the claims by [the National Super Alliance]”. The East African Community’s observer group also commended the IEBC for holding a “free and fair” election, and urged losers to accept the outcome or seek legal redress over disputes.
This time around, Odinga has been active in making sure that this violent history doesn’t repeat itself.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki who is leading the African Union election observer mission said the election was peaceful and met the laid out standards.
There have been pockets of unrest in the country, like in western Kenya’s Kisumu, as well as Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, where burned tires have been smoldering in the road since Wednesday. He has stood by the statement that he made on Wednesday that led to the first wave of violence that killed 4 people.
“According to us, the results are null and void because they are not backed by any evidence”.
Mr Odinga claimed hackers had used the identity of Christopher Msando, an election official tortured and killed last month.
Of Kenya’s population of 48 million, 19 million were registered to vote in elections that are also choosing members of parliament and local representatives in the country’s devolved counties.
“I haven’t heard what the Opposition says… on what basis their complaint would be”.