African observers described Tuesday’s poll as credible. Head of the African Union’s team, former South African president Thabo Mbeki, said the people of Kenya and its elections institutions had done well to ensure that the people of Kenya’s views were heard on building a peaceful and democratic country to overcome poverty and unemployment.
“Hopefully nothing will happen to spoil that outcome,” he said.
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said its integrity remained intact. Heading the Carter Center’s observer team, Mr Kerry urged all sides to wait for the final results, and for the loser to accept defeat. He said there were “minor variances here and there”, but none that had so far made him doubt the poll’s integrity.
The “bottom-line” was that the IEBC had in place a “transparent process of voting, counting, reporting and securing the vote”, Mr Kerry added at a press conference in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
“I know how it feels to lose,” he said, adding that he had lost the race for the US presidency and had a lot of reasons to complain. “But you have to move on,” he said.
On allegations that the electoral body’s computers were hacked to alter results, Kerry said it was important that paper ballots and processes were used to tell the final results. There were agents from both parties at each polling station to sign off results forms, he said.
The European Union said candidates should accept losing as “natural”. In a statement, the European Union observer mission said the opposition had made “serious allegations” and it was up to the IECB to complete the “remaining steps with maximum transparency and adherence to the law”.
“Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition,” EU observer mission head Marietje Schaake said.
“Any irregularities or challenges to the process and outcomes should be addressed through petitions and the courts,” she added. The opposition’s hacking allegations should be looked into by the IEBC, he added.
Commonwealth observer mission head and Ghana’s ex-President John Mahama said there was no reason to doubt the IEBC’s ability to deliver a “credible election”.
“We believe that the election has been conducted in a transparent and credible manner and that Kenyans must be commended for that election,” he added.
Expressing a similar view, African Union observer mission head and South Africa’s ex-President Thabo Mbeki said he was satisfied with the way the electoral commission had conducted itself.
Mr Odinga alleges that results of the presidential poll have been rigged to give incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta victory. On Wednesday, he said that the IT system of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was witnessing the worst “voter theft” in its history.
The IEBC said there had been an attempt to hack its system, but it had failed.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s main opposition coalition demanded on Thursday that its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won an election that has already led to angry protests over fraud claims.
The Opposition chief defeated President Uhuru Kenyatta, chief agent Musalia Mudavadi told a press conference on Thursday.
“We have received further information furnishing us with results from IEBC data. The results show Raila garnered 8.4 million votes and Uhuru 7.7 million,” he said.
“We demand that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka be declared President and Vice President immediately.”
Mudavadi, who is Amani National Congress leader, claimed a confidential source at the IEBC gave the data.
He said they know the number of people who voted and that the commission should do what is right.
“The results being published by IEBC through their national tallying center are a fraud based on a hacked system,” he said.
“We have formally delivered a letter expressing our disappointment, pointing out certain serious irregularities that we want them to look into immediately. They have received it.”
“We are not doing IEBC’s job but the numbers posted by IEBC have anomalies,” he said.
“At this point we have stated our position. We have indicated the facts before us. We doubt the verification process at Bomas.”
Raila dismissed the provisional tally and made claims such as the use of the late ICT manager Chris Msando’s login details.
He claimed the electoral agency’s system was hacked, forcing the manual mode.
He earlier released results from his parallel tallying centre, which showed he was ahead of Uhuru by about a million votes.