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Kenya Opposition Presidential Candidate rejects early results

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rejected early results indicating a strong lead for his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga told journalists that the details of the results so far released were fake, as the electoral body has failed to present documents verifying the results.

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results.

He described the results being released online as a fraud as they were not accompanied by original result forms 34A and 34B from the polling stations.

He said that the results were the work of a computer and did not reflect the will of voters.

Mr Kenyatta’s lead could mean that he is elected outright, in the 2017 presidential election with eight candidates in all, but apart from Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga none polled more than 0.3% of the vote.

The electoral commission has been urging people to wait calmly for the full results of Tuesday’s vote.

The Head of the Kenya Electoral commission Ezra Chiloba said only results supported by the forms have been published.

Electoral officials say that with 91% of results in Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.5%, to Mr Odinga’s 44.6%.

Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago.

More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced following the 2007 vote.

Mr Odinga, 72, has run for president three times and lost each time. President Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya’s founding president, beat him in the last election in 2013, but their rivalry is generations old – their fathers were political opponents in the 1960s.

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