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Kenyan President Wins Re-Election. But Will Opposition Concede?

Lawyer James Orengo,NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka presidential candidate Raila Odinga and Musalai Mudavadi during a media briefing at a Nairobi hotel yesterday August 10,2017 where they urged the IEBC to declare him as duly elected President Of Kenya

Kenya's opposition coalition on Friday called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there.

Odinga lost that election; he also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

But Kenyan election officials say only they have the authority to declare the victor, and global election observers say they have seen no signs of interfering with the vote.

The opposition has continually made allegations of corrupted ballots since Monday's vote, but several global monitors from a group that included former USA secretary of state John Kerry, former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki and officials from the European Union, said they could find no credible evidence to support the contentions.

"I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters", Kenyatta said in comments directed to opposition leader Raila Odinga. "I therefore wish to declare Uhuru president elect", said polls commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, as cheers and singing broke out at the national tallying centre.

The specter of widespread violence now looms large over the East African nation, where at least 1,100 people died in the wake of a disputed 2007 vote that Odinga lost to Mwai Kibaki.

He encouraged political leaders in Kenya "to rise to the occasion" and spurred the leadership of that country to ensure Kenya does not "burn because of an election".

The Chairperson of the AU Commission visited Kenya ahead of the polls on July 18-20 this year, during which he called for peaceful and credible elections before, during and after the elections, recalled the statement.

Uhuru, 55, starts his second term as the fourth President of Kenya after a neck and neck race with NASA's presidential candidate, 72-year-old Raila Odinga.

He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners.

In the days since Tuesday's presidential vote, Odinga has put forth two hazy, loosely related explanations about how the vote was manipulated.

"The world is waiting for the final declaration of the election and the reactions", said Mr, Obasanjo.

James Orengo with the opposition coalition says it wants to look at activity the day of the vote and the next day to confirm whether alleged hacking took place.

Soon after Odinga claimed on television that the election had been rigged, angry protesters in the Nairobi slum of Mathare and poor areas in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with police. He has not indicated how he will mount any challenge to the results in this election.

"We have urged people to remain calm as we delve deeper into this matter".

Polling stations opened at 6am and closed at 5pm but many were in the queues as early as 2am. But it has been battered by terrorist attacks, including one on an upscale Nairobi mall that killed 48 people in 2013, and another in 2015 at a northern university, which left 148 dead.