EU Declares Kenya Election Free And Fair
The head of the European Union’s election observer mission in Kenya, Marietje Schaake, says there are no signs of “centralised or localised manipulation” of the voting process.
Schaake said on Thursday that the EU mission’s final report would evaluate the conduct of the tallying process, which opposition leader Raila Odinga said had been compromised by hackers.
Kenya’s election commission (IEBC) had on Wednesday dismissed claims by Odinga that its systems and website had been hacked to produce a “fictitious” lead for his long-time rival President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Schaake, however, praised IEBC for conducting a thorough and transparent electoral process but said she could not comment on any hacking allegations.
She noted that it was not within the remit of the electoral monitors’ mission but Kenya needed to thoroughly investigate any allegations.
Provisional results released by the election commission showed Kenyatta had won 54.3% of the votes while Odinga polled 44.8% of the votes.