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Kenya's Odinga claims election system hack caused "massive" vote fraud

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 00:50

Kenya's opposition leader Odinga said hackers broke into the election commission's database overnight leading to what he called massive electoral fraud. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday (August 9) that hackers broke into election commission computer systems and database overnight, leading to "massive" vote fraud that nullified the lead in results for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The 72-year-old former political prisoner and self-described leftist urged Uhuru to step down and said the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) must be fully accountable and the will of the people was unstoppable. The election commission is investigating the claims, its chairman said on Wednesday. As of 0300 GMT (6 AM local time), the election commission website put Kenyatta ahead by 55.1 percent of votes counted to 44 percent for Odinga - a margin of nearly 1.4 million ballots with more than 80 percent of polling stations reported. The commission later told a news briefing that "all is well". Kenyatta, a 55-year-old businessman seeking a second five-year term, had held the lead since the start of counting after Tuesday's (August 8) peaceful vote, the culmination of a hard-fought contest between the heads of Kenya's two political dynasties.

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Kenya's Odinga claims election system hack caused "massive" vote fraud

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 00:50