Police take open air nap after tough day at polls

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome told AFP that the two protesters shot dead had attempted to attack police officers, causing the officers to respond with live fire.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Human Rights Commission said that it had discovered some discrepancies in an initial comparison between provisional results announced by the election commission and paper forms signed at polling stations by party agents.

CEO Ezra Chiloba said the commission has invited 2,000 guests to witness the announcement of the presidential results at Bomas of Kenya. He says the bomb had been planted on a route used by election officials to transport ballots to a counting centrer.

"The 2017 general election was a fraud".

He had 55.1 per cent of votes counted to 44 per cent for Odinga, a margin of almost 1.4 million ballots with more than 80 per cent of polling stations reported.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, addresses a news conference on the concluded presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 9.

However, the commission did not release information about which constituencies had been counted, so it was unclear whether Kenyatta strongholds or opposition centers, or some combination, had yet to be tallied from Tuesday's vote.

His comments are reminding investors of the ethnic violence that followed Kenyan elections a decade ago, killing 1,200 people and displacing 600,000.

Voting got underway shortly after 6am (0300 GMT) and all eyes are on an electronic voter identification and tallying system whose success is seen as crucial to a smooth election.

It's important they have the time to do these procedures well.

Preliminary partial results given by the electoral commission had Kenyatta in the lead with 54.3 per cent after "valid" votes had been counted at 39,620 out of 40,883 polling stations.

Ahead of Tuesday Kenya's presidential election, the United Nations and former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called for peaceful polls, urging respect for the outcome of the polls.

The statement came as a response to claims by Odinga who said the commission's hacked computers posted fake results online, providing Kenyatta with a "fictitious" lead.

That prompted sharp criticism from Odinga, who also ran against Kenyatta in the 2013 vote and unsuccessfully challenged the results in court with allegations of vote-tampering.

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