Kenya’s president has a clear lead in votes counted so far, but the opposition says it’s “fake”
(QZ) – Kenya’s opposition candidate Raila Odinga has said that hackers gained entry into the electoral database, creating errors and introducing algorithms that tampered with the election results. Odinga also said that the partial results of the general election were “a fraud” and termed the hacking as an “attack on our democracy.”
Earlier in the day, in a press conference held just after 2 am local time, Odinga said he “rejected the results streamed so far” because they weren’t accompanied by Form 34A, the form used to tabulate the results of the presidential elections.
“These results are fictitious. They are all fake,” Odinga said.
More than 19.6 million Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday (Aug. 8) to vote in one of the country’s most contested general elections. As of 7 am Wednesday, president Uhuru Kenyatta was leading with over 1.3 million votes in total. With 85% of the polling stations counted, Kenyatta had 7,163,684 over Odinga’s 5,794,443 votes. A record 332,000 votes were also listed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as rejected votes—in contrast to the 108,975 spoilt votes from 2013. President Kenyatta had also won the majority of the cast votes in the diaspora, winning in South Africa, Uganda, and Rwanda while Odinga won in Burundi and Tanzania.
The IEBC is expected to comment on the dispute in the next few hours.