Kenya Election Observers: Process Was Free And Fair And Without Manipulation

Kenya election observers have said the August 8 process was free and fair and without manipulation as alleged by the opposition.

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga alleged that the IEBC system was hacked and that the results transmitted which put him behind his opponent are being manipulated. He has refused to concede defeat.

So far, provisional results put President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead with 8,056,578 votes (54.27 percent) while Raila has 6,656,613 votes (44.84 per cent).

The East African community Kenya election observation team commended the IEBC saying it did a good job.

Edward Rugumayo, head of the EAC mission to Kenya, in a press conference on Thursday also called for the public to peacefully await the official announcement.

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The European Union’s Kenya election observers have also said the voting process had no signs of “centralized or localized manipulation”.

Marietje Schaake, head of the EU mission, said that mission’s final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process.

“The EU is committed to supporting the implementation of recommendations for improved future elections in line with national legislation and international commitments related to political participation,” read a statement.

The observers made key recommendations including an immediate legislative reform entailing stakeholder participation.

“A thorough review of technology used [should] be undertaken, with consideration of alternative means of providing for electoral integrity,” read the statement.

“Any further use of technology be planned more in advance to allow for public consultation, field, and security testing as well as training.”

The team will remain in the country until the IEBC makes final announcements and make recommendations.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the Carter Centre Kenya election observers, believes the IEBC has managed the election well.

In an address at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kerry said his delegation is impressed by judicial efforts to resolve conflicts and disputes.

He called for peace and patience as the forms are scrutinized by National Super Alliance and Jubilee Party teams.