Opposition leader claims Kenyan election hacked

Opposition leader claims Kenyan election hacked
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The opposition candidate for president in Kenya claims that early tallies from Tuesday's election are invalid and were hacked to benefit his opponent. 

Raila Odinga tweeted a statement Wednesday morning that someone had used the password of recently slain elections technology official Christopher Msando to manipulate results in favor of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

"The fraud [Kenyatta's political party] Jubilee has perpetrated on Kenyans surpasses any level of voter theft in our country's history. This time we caught them," Odinga said.


By mid-morning Wednesday in the United States, official poll reporting showed a 10 percent lead for Kenyatta with 96 percent of the country's votes reported. 

Odinga posted what he claimed were elections systems logs showing someone using Msando's account to reprogram systems to perpetual 11 percent gap in results between the two candidates. 

Authorities announced Msando had been killed on July 31. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsA Department of Energy foundation: An idea whose time has come We must reconcile privacy and safety in the digital era Protecting intellectual property in America is harder than ever MORE (Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said they were “appalled by the horrifying death” of Msando, but they urged “all parties to respect the will of the Kenyan people.”

“We urge the candidates and all Kenyans to resolve any disputes through the judiciary and promote national unity by avoiding incitement of violence. We also urge a full investigation of any credible irregularities to be completed within the timeframe allowed by the electoral commission,” Coons and Booker said.

The New York Times reports protesters have taken to the streets in the Odinga-leaning city of Kisumu and set up roadblocks and burnt tires in Nairobi. 

Kenya has struggled to provide fair, safe elections over the past decade. International observers reported election tampering in 2007, leading to post-election violence in Kenya, causing the deaths of more than 1,300. In 2013, similar allegations lead to the deaths of 300. 

Odinga tweeted that, by his National Super Alliance (NASA) party's count, he should be leading.