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Kenya's Odinga says election system hack caused 'massive' vote fraud

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 01:43

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday that hackers broke into election commission computer systems and databases overnight, leading to ''massive'' vote fraud that nullified the lead in results for President Uhuru Kenyatta. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Explosive claims by the leader of Kenya's opposition following a tense presidential election. Raila Odinga said on Wednesday (August 9) morning hackers had broken into the country's election commission computer systems and database overnight, leading to what he calls 'massive and extensive vote fraud'. An accusation denied by the head of Kenya's election commission, who says 'all is well.' Under tight security, voting on Tuesday (August 8) was smooth in a battle between the heads of Kenya's two political dynasties that pollsters had labeled neck and neck. But with 85 percent of polling station results reported incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is maintaining a strong lead. The electoral commission's website showed he was ahead of his long-time rival Odinga by a margin of nearly 1.4 million votes. In a late night news conference on Tuesday, Odinga labelled the results as, quote, 'fictitious and fake.' (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPPOSITION NASA COALITION LEADER, RAILA ODINGA, SAYING: "We therefore reject all the results streamed so far" The electoral commission has urged voters to wait calmly for the results. But Odinga's words have stoked fears his disgruntled supporters could take to the streets. A decade ago he cried foul in an election marred by major irregularities and around 12-hundred people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence that followed. Fearing a similar fallout this election, many jittery Kenyans left the cities to return to their ethnic heartlands. Leaving the streets of the capital Nairobi eerily calm as the vote was tallied. Officially, election authorities have up to a week to declare the outcome.

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Kenya's Odinga says election system hack caused 'massive' vote fraud

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 01:43