Kenya's opposition alliance, National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidte, Raila Odinga arrives at Old-Kibera primary school polling centre to cast his ballots August 8, 2017 mobbed by his supporters in Nairobi.
Kenyans began voting in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga that has sent tensions soaring in east Africa's richest economy. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenya opposition claims election system hacked
01:37 - Source: CNN
Nairobi, Kenya CNN  — 

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is disputing early results in the country’s presidential election that put his long-standing rival, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, ahead.

The Kenyan election commission’s website showed that with 97% of stations reporting, Kenyatta was leading with 54.32% of the votes to Odinga’s 44.8%. Eight candidates were in the running for the presidency but no other challengers have received more than 0.3% of votes.

Odinga’s complaints of election irregularities have stoked fears of aggrieved supporters taking to the streets in a scenario reminiscent of 2007’s post-election violence.

Confrontations between police and protesters in Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu have been reported and they have drawn concern from human rights activists.

“Police have a duty to protect people from harm, but they must not use the violent acts of a few to restrict the right of others to protest peacefully. They must also ensure the safety and rights of independent election observers, and media reporting on the results,” said Muthoni Wanyeki,, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“Political leaders must also play their part by publicly urging their supporters to refrain from violence.”

Kenyatta casts his vote alongside his wife Margaret on Tuesday.

Final results from Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are expected to be released in the coming days – officially, the agency has a week to declare – but it appears Kenyatta, who leads the Jubilee Alliance, is on track for an outright win, which requires one vote more than 50%.

But in a televised news conference on Wednesday morning, Odinga, a 72-year-old former political prisoner, flatly rejected the preliminary results as “fictitious” and “fake” while arguing that the election authority’s systems had been “hacked” to manipulate the results in his rival’s favor.

Odinga, who is running for a fourth time, alleges hackers infiltrated the IEBC systems using the identity of Chris Msando, a top election official who was tortured and murdered a week before the vote.

“What the IEBC has posted as results of the Presidential Elections is a complete fraud based on a multiplier t