NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenyans on Friday awaited the official results of Tuesday’s disputed election as hundreds of riot police patrolled the capital, while the opposition called the vote a “charade” and requested access to the election commission’s servers to confirm whether alleged hacking took place.
The election commission has rejected claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga that its database was infiltrated and results manipulated, and that an unofficial tally confirms him as the winner. Provisional results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a wide lead over the 72-year-old Odinga, who may be facing his last chance at the presidency after three previous unsuccessful attempts.
The vote counting and verification has been repeatedly delayed, increasing tension in the East African economic power, though the commission by law has until Tuesday to announce the results. At least three people have been shot and killed during clashes between police and opposition supporters this week.
“We plead for patience as we work through this process,” commission CEO Ezra Chiloba said Friday afternoon.
Opposition official James Orengo later called the election process a “disaster.”
“Going to court for us is not an alternative,” Orengo said. “We’ve been there before.” He didn’t say what measures, if any, the opposition might take.
The opposition, in asking for access to the election commission’s servers, earlier said it will accept the results even if they show Kenyatta won.