Kenya's Opposition Demands Odinga Declared President, Election Official Says "Ridiculous"

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Thursday August 10, 2017 - 19:28:18 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Kenya's Opposition Demands Odinga Declared President, Election Official Says "Ridiculous"

    NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Kenyan opposition coalition on Thursday demanded the election commission declare that the opposition leader Raila Odinga as the President-elect of Kenya, claiming election victory of Tuesday's election.

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NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrives for a news conference in Nairobi, August 8, 2017 | Reuters photo.
NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Kenyan opposition coalition on Thursday demanded the election commission declare that the opposition leader Raila Odinga as the President-elect of Kenya, claiming election victory of Tuesday's election.
In a press conference in the opposition's offices in Nairobi, its chief election agent Musalia Mudavadi said Mr. Odinga defeated the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta in Tuesday's General Election.
"We have received further information furnishing us with results from IEBC data. The results show Raila garnered 8.04 million votes and Uhuru 7.7 million," he said. "We demand that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka be declared President and Vice President immediately."
But according to a live result transmission at the electoral commission's tallying headquarters in Nairobi showed Mr. Kenyatta, the Jubilee candidate leading with 8,115,618 (54.2%) ahead of Mr. Odinga, the National Super Alliance candidate 6,716,552 votes (44.8%).
Reuters news agency reports Mr. Odinga claimed most of more than 20,000 polling station result forms uploaded to the election commission's website were fake, doubling down on previous claims of "massive" fraud in Tuesday's presidential election.
Odinga told Reuters that most of the forms he considered fake had been filled out by agents working out of a Nairobi hotel. He provided no proof for his claim.
International observers have given the election a broad thumbs up.
Meanwhile the electoral commission rebuffed claims by the opposition as "ridiculous" and not based on credible data, according to senior official in the election commission.
"They have done their own additions and they think Raila has 8 million (votes), which is ridiculous, there is nothing," Abdi Yakub Guliye said on Thursday. "As far as we are concerned, we don't believe they have any credible data."
Hundreds of Odinga supporters took to the streets to celebrate after the opposition demanded that he be declared winner of Tuesday's vote.

- Reuters + Agencies -




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