Kenyan candidate Odinga’s team say votes doctored

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KENYAN presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s campaign team have said some of the results of Sunday’s election had been doctored and called for the vote count to be halted, in remarks that could inflame a largely peaceful poll.

Mr Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister, is trailing leading candidate Uhuru Kenyatta in the partial count. His running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, who made the comments yesterday, said they were not a call for mass action and urged voters to stay calm and patient.

Kenyatta has been indicted for crimes against humanity over ethnic violence in disputes over Kenya’s last election in 2007 that killed 1,200 people, posing a dilemma for Western governments if he wins.

Despite technical glitches, international observers have said the vote and count was transparent, but Mr Musyoka said it should be stopped.

He said: “We as a coalition take the position the national vote tallying process lacks integrity and has to be stopped and re-started using primary documents from the polling stations.

“We have evidence the results we are receiving have been doctored.”

Election officials said the count would not stop and the results could be delivered by today. The commission has up to seven days from Monday’s vote to declare the outcome.

“It is not a call to mass action,” Mr Musyoka said. “We must tell them [Kenyans] there will be no mass action. We are committed as a coalition to the principle of the rule of law.”

Yesterday, with about six million votes tallied, Kenyatta had about 3.1 million votes to Mr ­Odinga’s 2.6 million.