Observers have not helped Kenyans - disappointed Odinga speaks

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Once observers have all signed, they are scanned and electronically transmitted to the 290 constituency tallying centers, which collate all the results into Form 34Bs and send it to the electoral commission's national tallying center.

KENYA'S electoral commission chief pledged yesterday to probe opposition allegations that Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory was rigged. "The streets do not".

Wafula Chebukati's remarks came on Thursday following allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that hackers infiltrated the database and manipulated results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta after Tuesday's vote.

"We reject the results streamed so far", Odinga said on his Twitter account, criticising the Electoral Commission and its vote counting process.

Mr Odinga's claim of rigging led to sporadic outbreaks of violence on Wednesday, but police denied reports that two people had been killed in election-related unrest. "But we believe that the election's commission in Kenya has put together a process that will allow each and every vote's integrity to be proven", Kerry said, adding that there were "little aberrations here and there".

The mission who visited 464 polling stations across the country, said Tuesday vote, "was consistent with policies of the African Union" but voter education was insufficient.

"Elections should never be an issue of life or death", said Marietje Schaake, the Dutch head of the European Union mission observing the elections.

Odinga rejected the election's initial results, which showed him losing to the incumbent president, during the evening hours of August 8.

"When we are told at the appropriate time, whether it is within a court of law, then we shall present our evidence", Mudavadi said.

Odinga also ran as the opposition candidate in the 2013 election. That year, following a poll that was reportedly full of irregularities, Odinga's loss sparked deadly ethnopolitical violence, leaving some 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displaced.

But most of the country remained peaceful.

His deputy Kalonzo Muyoka repeated the call for calm but said the opposition might call for unspecified "action" at a later date. That vote was also contested by Odinga's camp.

A man seeking safety walks with his hands in the air through a thick cloud of tear gas toward riot police, as they clash with protesters throwing rocks in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday. "If one wants to know what a fraud is; this is one", he said.

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