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Kenya election 2017: AU and Commonwealth say poll credible

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Foreign observers have expressed confidence in Kenya's electoral process, despite opposition claims of massive fraud. Tuesday's poll was credible, African Union and Commonwealth observers said.

The European Union said that candidates should accept that losing was "natural" in a democratic contest.

Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that counting has been manipulated to give incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta victory.

On Wednesday, he said that the IT system of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had been hacked, and Kenya was witnessing the worst "voter theft" in its history.

The IEBC said there had been an attempt to hack its system, but it failed.

Commonwealth observer mission head and Ghana's ex-President John Mahama said there was no reason to doubt the commission's ability to deliver a "credible election".

"We believe that the election has been conducted in a transparent and credible manner and that Kenyans must be commended for that election," he added at a press conference in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

Expressing a similar view, African Union observer mission head and South Africa's ex-President Thabo Mbeki said he was satisfied with the way the electoral commission had conducted itself.

The opposition's hacking allegations should be looked into by the IEBC, he added.

Heading the Carter Center's observer team, former US Secretary of State John Kerry said the integrity of the process is still intact.

He urged all sides to wait for the final results, and for the loser to accept defeat.

Source: BBC

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