11 August, 2017
"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", James Orengo, chief election agent for the NASA opposition coalition, told reporters.
Odinga claimed that this was due to hacking, but the claim had been denied by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). It has posted provisional results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta with a big lead over challenger Raila Odinga. "We also hope that the security forces are not going to use excessive force". But those numbers have been rejected by the leading opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, who has alleged major voting irregularities.
Millions of Kenyans went to the polling stations on Tuesday in the third presidential elections since the 2007 elections when rage over former President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election killed more than 1,200 people, injured 3,500 and forcibly displaced up to 650,000 others.
"We have seen disputed elections in places like the United States, but so long as the process is, by and large, they have been carried out in a transparent and credible way, politicians should accept the result in a statesmanlike manner". Many people believed he was rigged out of victory and 1,200 people were killed.
The results from 17 of the East African nation's 290 constituencies still needed to be verified by midday on Friday, said electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.
"We plead for patience as we work through this process", the commission's CEO, Ezra Chiloba, said at a briefing Friday afternoon.
NASA then doubled down with a claim the election commission (IEBC) was concealing results contained on its server that, it said, showed Odinga to be the victor.
He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners. "We urge Kenyans to support them", the envoys said.
Another handsome addition was that about five million young Kenyans voted for the first time, and added a new dimension to politics in the country.
Odinga's accusations of election tampering prompted the European Union to urge losing sides to concede gracefully when final results are released.
Many Kenyans say the potential for violence is less now because the country has learned from the traumatic experience of 2007.
Mr. Mahama told the media: "No Kenyan blood must be shed because someone disagrees with the outcome of the election".
"Kenya's future is more important than any election". Worldwide elections monitors say they have seen no clear evidence to support such charges. The opposition stance immediately raised concerns that protests by disappointed supporters of Odinga could lead to violence.
The two candidates in the poll belong to two of the country's main ethnic groups, Kenyatta from the Kikuyu, the largest, and Odinga from the Luo.
Bystanders watch as Kenyan police trucks arrive following a protest at Nairobi's Mathare slum on August 11.
The charge ratcheted up tensions that have seen Kenya on a go-slow since voting day on Tuesday, with many businesses shut, civil servants staying at home and streets largely empty.
Early results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party ahead of his arch rival Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance.
Kenya's shilling was steady on Friday, with slow activity in the market as participants awaited to outcome of the presidential elections.