Opposition rejects Kenya poll outcome

Odinga supportersFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA is headed for renewed crisis after the opposition rejected preliminary results of a tightly-contested poll held on Tuesday.
This has evoked memories of the mass killings that followed the outcome of the poll held ten years ago.
More than 1 500 Kenyans were killed and 600 000 displaced after claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga that polls had been rigged.
The National Super Alliance candidate made similar accusations on Wednesday claiming electoral authorities had manipulated the results in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Uhuru has been given votes that were not cast. He must go home. We do not need him as our leader,” he said.
At the time of publication, Kenyatta was leading with over 7 million votes ahead of Odinga who had polled 6 million.
The vote count stood at over 90 percent. Six other candidates participated but the polls were a two-horse race.
“The results are fictitious and fake,” Odinga said.
The declaration was met with protests in Kisumu, seen as the opposition stronghold.
Police fired teargas to disperse groups of Odinga supporters.
Violence and vote rigging claims dominated preparations for the poll.
A senior official of the electoral commission, Chris Msando, was last week kidnapped, tortured and murdered.
Aid agencies were on high alert to the possibility of violence.
“We are hoping for the best but we are prepared for the worst,” said Bijay Kumar, Executive Director of ActionAid Kenya.
CAJ News

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