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Kenyan Opposition Demands Access to Election Service to Accept Results | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A riot policeman walks past burning barricades erected by protesters throwing rocks, during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. International observers on Thursday urged Kenyans to be patient as they awaited final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging, but clashes between police and protesters again erupted in Nairobi. […]

Kenya’s opposition coalition has called on the election commission to give it, other candidates and observers access to its computer servers, saying it would accept the results of Tuesday’s election based on the figures recorded there.

“If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers,” James Orengo, chief election agent for the NASA opposition coalition, told reporters.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has rejected provisional results announced so far, which put him well behind President Uhuru Kenyatta with nearly all the votes tallied.

More so, the opposition coalition said on Friday it will not go to court after rejecting the imminent announcement of results from a disputed presidential vote, raising fears that party leaders may call for street protests.

“Nobody should think that this is the end of the matter,” said James Orengo, the chief election agent for the opposition alliance. “Going to court is not an alternative.”