Kenya vote totals still secret 4 months later

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has refused to be sworn in before a parliament committee and stormed out of the hearing, breaking a pledge made this week that the commission would release all vote totals to the lawmakers Thursday.

Four months after the March vote, vote totals still have not been made public, fueling conspiracy theories of rigging.

Kenya’s vote was largely peaceful, and though the reporting and tallying of votes was marred by irregularities, the country accepted the Supreme Court’s judgment that President Uhuru Kenyatta was legitimately elected.

The loser, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, also accepted the Supreme Court’s decision, helping Kenya to avoid the vicious post-poll violence that killed more than 1,000 people in 2007-08. But Odinga maintains that the vote was rigged.

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