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Kenya Election Returns Were Hacked, Opposition Leader Says

The election was largely conducted in peace on Tuesday, with just a few technical glitches at polling stations.


Mr. Odinga at a news conference in Nairobi. He said the national server tallying election results had been hacked using the credentials of an official who was killed. Credit Jerome Delay/Associated Press

But Mr. Odinga told a news conference in Nairobi, “The 2017 general election was a fraud.”

“The electoral fraud and fabrication of results was massive and extensive,” he said.

Preliminary results showed that with more than 90 percent of votes counted, Mr. Kenyatta was 10 percentage points ahead of Mr. Odinga, with a share of votes well ahead of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff.

Mr. Odinga said hacking had taken place between 12:37 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the election. The hackers, he said, had used the credentials of Mr. Msando to instruct the servers of the electoral commission to doctor results from polling stations. “They loaded an algorithm which is a formula to create a percentage gap of 11 percent between our numbers,” he said, adding that the figure was “a function of a formula.”

Mr. Odinga, 72, who is running for a fourth time, said that his party’s tallying showed that he should be leading, although he refused to produce results to confirm that. He also declined to reveal the source of the hacking allegations.

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Odinga stirred up supporters by warning that the election could be stolen. He said he had been robbed of victory in the previous two contests. In 2013, Mr. Kenyatta won by a margin so tiny that Mr. Odinga sought unsuccessfully to have the Supreme Court invalidate the election.

Fred Matiangi, the acting interior minister and a member of Mr. Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, called on Kenyans to wait for the final results of the electoral commission. “Until then, we remain committed to do our part in ensuring that the country is secure and safe,” he told a news conference.

Mr. Matiangi said the government was not aware of postelection protests, and he asked Kenyans to resume their daily activities. “Be very careful of information that is bandied around on social media,” he added.

Source: NYT > World

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