News / Africa

Kenyan Election Chairman Rejects Tampering Claim

Polling clerks record information on a pile of ballot boxes containing cast ballot papers at the Chandaria tallying center in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, March 6, 2013.
Polling clerks record information on a pile of ballot boxes containing cast ballot papers at the Chandaria tallying center in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, March 6, 2013.
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
Kenya's election chief is rejecting an allegation that results are being tampered with from Monday's national vote.

In a briefing at Kenya's national vote-counting center, Ahmed Issack Hassan said that because of a rigorous verification process in place, "there is no room to doctor the results whatsoever."

Hassan, the head of Kenya's election commission, spoke Thursday after the running mate of presidential candidate Raila Odinga said the vote-counting should be stopped.  Kalonzo Musyoka suggested that rigging was under way.

"There has been a total failure of the electronic vote transmission system, and we have evidence that the results we are receiving have actually been doctored. In some cases, total votes cast exceed the number of registered voters," said Musyoka.

Raila Odinga

  • Prime minister, head of the CORD alliance
  • 68 years old, son of Kenya’s first vice president
  • Unsuccessfully ran for president against Mwai Kibaki in 2007
  • Elected to parliament in 1992
  • Charged with treason and detained without trial in the 1980s
Hassan said the commission cannot stop the vote tally. He said if anyone objects to the results, they can use the legal course provided by Kenya's new constitution.

Meanwhile, judges at the International Criminal Court have postponed the trial of Uhuru Kenyatta, who is leading Odinga in the presidential vote count. The ICC announced Thursday that Kenyatta's trial, previously set to begin April 11, has been delayed until July 9.

Kenyatta is charged with helping to organize post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 that killed more than 1,100 people.
 
Defense attorneys had requested more time to study evidence in the case. Judges said the defense team also has raised "very serious issues" that may not be resolved by the original trial date.

Uhuru Kenyatta

  • Deputy prime minister, former finance minister
  • 51 years old, son of Kenya's first president
  • Faces crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague relating to post-election violence in 2007
  • Nominated to parliament in 2001
  • Appointed to run the Kenya Tourism Board in 1999
The latest results from Monday's presidential poll show Kenyatta in front 53 to 42 percent. Election workers are now counting votes manually, after their electronic system broke down.  

Officials now say final results could be released as early as Friday, but they legally have until Monday to finish the count.

The winning candidate is required to secure more than 50 percent of all votes cast or face a second-round vote in April.

The manual count has produced a far lower number of rejected ballots from a figure election officials gave late Tuesday. Fewer than 40,000 have been rejected, compared to the nearly 500,000 from the earlier provisional results.

Despite some problems, international observers have described the vote as transparent and credible.

Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first president and one of Africa's wealthiest men, faces trial in the International Criminal Court for allegedly bankrolling death squads that carried out reprisal attacks against opposition supporters after disputed 2007 polls.

More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence while hundreds of thousands of others were forced to flee their homes.

About 14 million Kenyans were eligible to vote in the elections for president, parliament and other key offices. Both Odinga and Kenyatta have promised to respect the result of the vote.

Monday's election was mostly peaceful, although just hours before voting began, at least 13 people, including seven police officers, were killed along Kenya’s coast. Kenyan police arraigned three suspects in court Tuesday.

Election Chairman Hassan said there were no reported incidents of violence during voting hours. He also said voter turnout appears to have been above 70 percent.

You May Like

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

US congressional delegation initiates $84 million Agent Orange cleanup project More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid