Kenyan election official says hacking attempt failed

2017-08-10 17:25
An electoral Commission official counts ballots at a polling station in Nairobi. (AFP)

An electoral Commission official counts ballots at a polling station in Nairobi. (AFP)

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Nairobi -  A top Kenyan electoral official says the election commission's database was unsuccessfully targeted by a hacking attempt.

The comments on Thursday by Wafula Chebukati, the commission chairperson, came after allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that hackers infiltrated the database and manipulated results in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta following Tuesday's vote.

Chebukati says "hacking was attempted but did not succeed" and that the tallying of final results is continuing. Kenyatta holds a strong lead with votes from 97.6% of polling stations counted.

Clashes between police and opposition supporters have erupted in several areas following Odinga's allegations on Wednesday. At least three people have been shot and killed.

Read more on:    uhuru ke­n­yatta  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa

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