Kenyan opposition to accept poll results if given server access

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/8/12 0:03:40

A tally of the results of Kenya’s presidential elections appears on a giant screen at the national tally center on Wednesday in Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared headed for re-election as his rival Raila Odinga rejected early results as “fake,” setting nerves on edge in east Africa’s richest economy. Photo: AFP


 
Kenya's opposition coalition on Friday called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there.

Provisional results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a lead of 1.4 million votes as he vies for a second and final five-year term.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga, whose rejection of the 2007 presidential election result triggered widespread bloodshed, has challenged the results released so far.

The opposition statement appeared to offer a possible way out of the impasse.

"If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers," said James Orengo, chief election agent for the NASA ­opposition coalition.

He called for other candidates and observers to be given access to the servers.

Police beefed up security on Friday.

Kenyan-based diplomats called for patience, and said any complaints must be channeled through the courts, not street protests.

International observers on Thursday gave the thumbs-up to the election, and US ­ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for the ­election commission to be given time to ­complete its work.

The dispute has raised fears among Kenyans of ethnic and political clashes of the kind seen in 2007, when 1,200 people were killed.



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