Kenyatta wins presidential poll in Kenya

Kenyatta wins presidential poll in Kenya

Kenya's election commission ruled Kenyatta won about 54 percent of the vote. Odinga, 72, the opposition leader, received 44.7 percent of the vote.

Global observers, for their part, have lent their blessing to the electoral process in Kenya, saying that despite "minor variances" the election was conducted freely and fairly.

Catholic leaders on Saturday appealed for calm and asked security forces to exercise caution during protests.

But Odinga and his representatives have insisted that the vote was rigged and that he was the rightful victor.

Odinga has refused to accept the results of the presidential election, which he claims was rigged in favour of Kenyatta, saying he doesn't "trust" the forms that could have been "manipulated already".

Celebrations erupted in opposition strongholds that have also seen angry protests over Odinga's rigging claims, which sparked a gloomy sense of deja vu in a country that witnessed disputed polls in 2007 and 2013.

Opposition supporters on Friday burned tires and blocked roads in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in Kisumu, a city in the southwest where Odinga has strong support. The counting process, he said, was "a disaster".

Worldwide observers have given the thumbs-up to the vote and U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for any complaints to be channeled through the courts, not street protests. "I can confirm that we have made some arrests", he said without indicating the number of people arrested. "We have been there before".

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CORNISH: So given this anger, how has Odinga responded to President Kenyatta's call for unity?

CORNISH: What, if anything, are you hearing from Odinga's supporters then? "She came outside screaming at the police, asking why they are beating people", his brother, Charles Ochieng said, speaking on behalf of a dazed Oduor.

In addition to the thumbs-up from foreign monitors, Kenya's ELOG domestic observation group, which had 8,300 agents on the ground, published a parallel vote tally on Saturday that conformed with the official results. Odinga has alleged that the election was rigged.

Speaking before the declaration, Musalia Mudavadi, co-principal of NASA, said the organization would not be party to the announcement of Kenyatta as President, citing unresolved concerns about the veracity of the electoral process.

For them, this is not just another election. His death, which is being investigated with the help of USA and British authorities, raised questions about the integrity of the electoral process and created an atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust among voters.

The election commission rejected the claims, pointing out they contained basic mathematical errors.

And while Chebukati acknowledges that there was an an attempt to hack the country's voting system, he maintained that the attempt failed.

The results were announced by the Electoral Commission Chairman, Wafula Chebukati after collations were done from the East African nation's 290 constituencies.