NAIROBI (AFP) – The European Union’s team of election observers acknowledged fraud and questioned the accuracy of the ballot results.
“We regret that it has not been possible to address irregularities about which both the EU EOM (Electoral Observation Mission) and the ECK have evidence,” chief EU observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said in a statement.
Kibaki cancelled out Odinga’s lead in late vote-counting, even as more than half of his cabinet’s ministers were voted out of parliament.
Former colonial ruler Britain expressed “real concerns” at reported “irregularities.”
But in Washington, US State Department spokesman Rob McInturff congratulated Kibaki on his re-election and called on all sides to accept the results.
Fresh violence left scores dead in Kenya as defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga prepared to declare himself head of state, after rejecting the victory of incumbent Mwai Kibaki in disputed elections.
At least 84 people have now been killed since Thursday’s general elections, which have threatened to plunge one of Africa’s more stable democracies into turmoil.
The government has enforced a ban on live television broadcasts in what its says is an effort to contain the violence.
Police reported that some residents were running out of basic goods and started looting shops, especially in the coastal city of Mombasa. “We know there are skirmishes in many parts of the country. We are fully cracking down and fully responding to every situation,” police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told AFP.
According to police, hundreds of houses have already been torched in the western Rift Valley province and fresh fighting broke out Monday in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum.
NAIROBI, Kenys (Sky News) – At least 124 people have been killed in Kenya overnight after a disputed presidential election triggered bloody riots, according to TV reports.
Violence has convulsed the nation, with police warning those living in capital Nairobi’s slums that they will be shot dead if found outside their homes.
A curfew is also being enforced in the city of Kisumu, with officers ordered to gun down any violators.