Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition attends a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

KENYA’S opposition
on Thursday demanded
that veteran leader Raila
Odinga be declared
winner of the presidential
election, even though
official counting of the
ballots gives incumbent
President Uhuru
Kenyatta a commanding
lead.
Musalia Mudavadi,
a senior official in the
opposition coalition,
told reporters that
information from
“confidential sources” at
the election commission
showed Odinga had
secured victory by just
under 300,000 votes, but
provided no evidence.
Minutes later, hundreds
of Odinga supporters,
mainly young men,
poured onto the streets
of the opposition
stronghold of Kisumu in
celebration.
A Reuters witness said
at least one truck of
anti-riot police followed
them.
NAN reports that
Odinga said most of
more than 20,000 polling
station result forms
uploaded to the election
commission’s website
were fake, doubling
down on previous claims
of “massive” fraud in
Tuesday’s presidential
election.
Odinga told Reuters
that most of the forms
he considered fake had
been filled out by agents
working out of a Nairobi
hotel.
He provided no proof
for his claim.
The official election
results give President
Uhuru Kenyatta a
commanding lead with
only a handful of polling
stations still to report.
Internaional observers
on Thursday praised the
handling of the election
and the European Union
mission said it had seen
no sign of manipulation.


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