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Kenyan Election: Two Shot Dead As Police, Protesters Clash

10 August 2017

"The question is not whether or not they will accept the result but what they will do when they don't accept it", said Nic Cheeseman, professor of African politics at Birmingham University in England.

Angry protests erupted in opposition strongholds in the capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu as the counting of votes from Tuesday's election continued, but the election commission said the election had been free and fair.

The website of Kenya's election commission showed Kenyatta with just over 55 percent and opposition leader Odinga with almost 44 percent after votes were counted from more than two-thirds of the 40,833 polling stations. He called on opposition agents to come to their tallying center and see scanned 34A and 34B forms confirming the results the commission released.

There are eight presidential candidates but apart from Uhuru and Odinga, none has scored more than zero point three percent of the votes.

Odinga on Wednesday claimed that hackers used the identity of Christopher Msando, an election official in charge of managing information technology systems.

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There have been widespread fears that the violence which followed the disputed 2007 election - killing 1,200 people - could be repeated. The chairman of IEBC, Wafula Chebukati denied any knowledge that their system was hacked.

Odinga rejected the election's initial results, which showed him losing to the incumbent president, during the evening hours of August 8.

He added that the results were "the work of a computer" and were not a reflection of the will of the voters.

"I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people", Obama said in a statement.

Four people died on Wednesday during protests over presidential results in Mathare slum, Nairobi.

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Witneses said after the police fired the tear gas, the protesters, who had been chanting "No Raila, no peace", scattered.

Resident Geoffery Omondi, 22 shook his head as protesters lit a new fire nearby.

The IEBC official had been tortured and killed a week before the elections.

Won't it be a blessing to conduct elections in Africa where the opposition does not cry foul for once?

Veteran opposition leader Odinga has so far received 44.8% of the vote.

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Kenyan Election: Two Shot Dead As Police, Protesters Clash