President’s chair arrives at Bomas as Kenyans wait with bated breath

The president’s chair and a security team have already been taken to Bomas in anticipation of IEBC’s announcement of Kenya’s president.

The seat is so special that it is transported in its own vehicle. The only civilian who has sat on it is musician Bahati, whose seconds of fame caused a stir during Jubilee Party’s national convention at Kasarani Stadium on September 10, 2016.

Protocol and security teams at the national tallying centre will ensure smooth reception of the certificate by the winner.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been leading the interim tally but Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s NASA party has declared him winner.

They have even demanded that the electoral agency name Raila president, saying his votes numbered 8.04 million and Uhuru’s 7.7 million.

By 11 am on Friday, the commission’s portal showed Uhuru had 8,170,016 votes (54.26 per cent) and Raila 6,754,173 votes (44.85 per cent).

 

-The Star

NASA’s Raila says Late Msando’s identity was used access IEBC systems

Hackers used the late Chris Msando’s identity to access IEBC systems, claims NASA chief Raila Odinga who earlier dismissed poll results as fake.

Raila, who is trailing President Uhuru Kenyatta by more than one million votes, has alleged the results were manipulated.

“We have caught them. Hackers gained entry into the election database through Msando’s account and directly into chairman Wafula Chebukati’s account,” the NASA presidential candidate told a press conference.

IEBC acting ICT director Msando, who was to test the KIEMS, was tortured and murdered. Opposition leaders blamed Jubilee but police are still investigating.

Raila said: “Hackers used Msando’s details to log in to the IEBC co-server but they forgot to log out. They created errors in the server that allowed them to turn a democratic process to a function of a formula.”

The Opposition leader noted a democratic process is not a show that can be manipulated at any time.

“I do this out of the obligations to Kenyans. Some people conspired and denied Kenyans the opportunity to elect their leaders.”

Raila gave details of what he says followed the hacking and affected the voting process in many counties.

He said this happened in 12 hours.

He listed affected counties as Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kitui, Machakos and Makueni.

Others included Nyandurua, Nyeri ,Kirinyaga, Muranga, Kiambu, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi and Baringo.

But Jubilee secretary Raphael Tuju earlier asked Raila to accept the people’s choices and not subject them to “unnecessary drama”.

“UHURU MUST GO HOME”

Raila refused to concede defeat, saying IEBC has published faulty results.

“It gives Uhuru votes that were not cast. Uhuru must go home. We do not need him as our leader and IEBC must be held accountable,” he said.

“We are telling our people not to accept results, stay calm as we get deep into this.”

The NASA principal further claimed no election was conducted and noted the President claimed he will win with or without votes.

“In his words, Uhuru said he did not need voters to win an election. Don’t accept results that are fraudulent.”

The National Super Alliance earlier rejected results of the general election saying they don’t represent the will of Kenyans.

Raila said they are concerned the outcome is not in line with the law. He added it was defeating that despite IEBC agreeing to follow the law, the tallies from the constituencies were not put up.

Currently, Uhuru has 7,684,411 votes against Raila’s 6,310,940 from 37,687 out of 40,883 polling stations.

 

-The Star

Kenyan poll results trickling in, incumbent Uhuru leading

Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a strong lead as votes are counted after Tuesday’s election.

With 80% of results in he has 55% of the vote against 44% for his rival, Raila Odinga, figures show.

However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results, saying election officials have not produced documents to prove their validity.
“They are fictitious, they are fake,” said Mr Odinga.
“We have our projections from our agents which show we are ahead by far,” he added.

The electoral commission is urging people to wait calmly for full results.

Many fear a repeat of the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election when more than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced.
“During this critical phase, we urge all Kenyans to exercise restraint as we await official results from the polling stations and indeed as they start trickling in,” the commission said.

Voting passed off largely peacefully and some polling stations remained open after the scheduled 17:00 (14:00 GMT) closing time.
Mr Kenyatta is hoping for a second term in office.

To win outright, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, and at least 25% in 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties. If that threshold is not met, a run-off vote between the top two candidates will be triggered.
Voting for the national and local assemblies has also been taking place.

Scenes from the polling station
People started queuing early to ensure they could cast their vote. Long queues could be seen, and video footage at one polling station showed people injured after an apparent stampede.
There was also the failure of some voter-identification equipment and one in four polling stations were apparently without mobile phone coverage meaning that officials would have to drive to the nearest town to send results.
There were reports that one man had been killed in clashes in the Kilifi area.

 

 

-BBC