Kenya Opposition Coalition Will 'Not Be Party' To Polls Announcement

Faith Castro
August 11, 2017

Orengo spoke Friday evening ahead of an expected announcement by the election commission, which has disputed opposition allegations of vote-rigging. Odinga also lost the 2007 election, which was followed by violence fueled by ethnic tensions that killed more than 1,000 people.

Veteran opposition leader Odinga, 71, says results posted online by the election commission are false.

"The issues we raised have not been adequately addressed", said Musalia Mudavadi, a member of the coalition representing opposition candidate Raila Odinga.

Election monitors, including former secretary of state John F. Kerry, said they saw no signs of a rigged vote and that there is enough documentation to settle any disputes over the results. The African Union, which also sent observers to the country, urged Kenyans to maintain calm as they await final results.

The election commission is almost finished collecting and posting online official forms signed by party agents from each of the country's 41,000 polling stations and 290 constituencies.

"Violence must never be an option".

Mr. Mahama told the media: "No Kenyan blood must be shed because someone disagrees with the outcome of the election".

Previous accusations of election irregularities in Kenya have sparked violence.

"What we need to make this work is to have better voter education and awareness programmes", he said, adding, that could be possible by the next elections in 2022. Those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence, and Kenyatta ran for president in 2013, making his defiance of the ICC one of his campaign's centerpieces. A few miles from Kibera, there are Land Rover dealerships and new glass high rise towers, but the slum remains crime-ridden and poor, much of it without plumbing or electricity.

Kenyatta looked set for victory, with 8 million votes to Odinga's 6.7 million, according to the IEBC public website whose results are being cross-checked against polling forms from constituencies.

Businesses have been closed in the central business district since the vote.

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The government urged citizens to return to work.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has claimed that vote results were manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who holds a strong lead.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the voting authority, confirmed Thursday that there had been an unsuccessful attempt to tamper with its election system.

Former President Mahama has commended the people of Kenya for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves in the general elections.

At least three people have died in protests this week over preliminary results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading with a significant margin. Television and radio presenters echoed messages from the interior ministry saying the country was safe despite pockets of protests.

Nairobi remained quieter than usual after the national holiday on Tuesday.

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed.

While Kenyatta holds a strong lead with nearly all polling stations counted, supporters of Odinga say an unofficial tally shows he won.

Worldwide observers on Thursday gave the thumbs-up to this election and Odinga's next move, should Kenyatta be declared the victor, is not clear.

Violence broke out this week in some opposition strongholds in parts of the capital, Nairobi, and elsewhere. But it has been battered by terrorist attacks, including one on an upscale Nairobi mall that killed 48 people in 2013, and another in 2015 at a northern university, which left 148 dead.

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