>> Explosive claims by the leader of Kenya's opposition following a tense presidential election. Raila Odinga said on Wednesday morning, hackers had broken into the country's Election Commission computer systems and database overnight leading to what he calls massive and extensive vote fraud. An accusation denied by the head of Kenya's Election Commission who says, all is well.
Under tight security, voting on Tuesday was smooth. In a battle between the heads of Kenya's two political dynasties, posters had labeled neck and neck. But with 85% of polling stations results reported, incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta is maintaining a strong lead. The electoral commission's website showed he was ahead of his long term rival, Odinga, by a margin of nearly 1.4 million votes.
In a late night news conference on Tuesday, Odinga labeled the results, quote, fictitious and fake.>> We, therefore, reject all the results to change, so far.>> The electoral commission has urged voters to wait calmly for the results but Odinga's words have stoked fears his disgruntled supporters could take to the streets.
A decade ago, he cried foul at an election marred by major irregularities. And around 1,200 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence that followed. Fearing a similar fallout this election, many jittery Kenyans left the cities to return to their ethnic heartlands leaving the streets of the capital, Nairobi, eerily calm as the vote was tallied.
Officially, election authorities have up to a week to declare the outcome.