UHURU IT IS! President Kenyatta floors Odinga to win second term

Protesters burn tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi

Protesters burn tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the victor of a bitterly disputed election in Kenya, but his opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to concede defeat, slamming the vote as a "charade" and edging the country closer to violence.

Uhuru got 8,203,290 votes (54.27 percent) against Raila Odinga's 6,762,224 votes (44.74 percent).

Chebukati said the electoral commission had called for an examination of the official tally papers from more than 40,000 polling stations around the country and would base the final result on the forms.

Kenyan election officials say only they have the authority to declare the victor, and worldwide election observers say they have seen no signs of interfering with the vote.

Following Mr. Odinga's claims, there were minor skirmishes in a Nairobi suburb and in Mombasa but residents in those areas said that criminals wanted to use the opportunity to loot while others wanted to settle scores.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said a total of 15,073,662 voters took part in the elections.

As they wait for final results to be tallied and confirmed, many Kenyans are nervous of a repeat of the clashes that killed about 1,200 people after a bitterly contested 2007 election. He has urged his supporters to remain calm but said: "I don't control the people".

"We are very grateful that we were able to participate in the elections successfully and peacefully".

Kenya's election commission declared Friday that the 55-year-old businessman and son of the country's founding President had received enough votes to secure a second five-year term.

Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear are in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters.

He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners. They stated that NASA allies in the IEBC have leaked the real numbers to them, which show that Kenyatta is not ahead by 1.4 million votes as the IEBC's website shows - rather it is Odinga ahead of Kenyatta by 286,298 votes.

"The issues we raised have not been adequately addressed", said Musalia Mudavadi, a member of the coalition representing opposition candidate Raila Odinga.

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The protests erupted in Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, Reuters witnesses said.

The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed. He has not indicated how he will mount any challenge to the results in this election. But it has been battered by terrorist attacks, including one on an upscale Nairobi mall that killed 48 people in 2013, and another in 2015 at a northern university, which left 148 dead.

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.

Protracted turmoil could derail an economy that's grown an average of 5.7 percent a year since Kenyatta took power in 2013, and threaten its reputation as a top African investment and tourist destination.

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