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- President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor Friday of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga alleged the voting was rigged.

Most businesses remain closed with several public transport operators in various parts of the East African nation for the third day on Thursday opting to keep their vehicles off the road.

Kerry urged Kenyans to follow due process in challenging any results, including the allegations of hacking.

Odinga was behind by more than 1.4 million votes, according to provisional results released by the country's election commission with 97 per cent of polling stations reporting.

Odinga has yet to speak after the results were announced, but nearly immediate protests erupted Friday night in his strongholds in western Kisumu county and poor areas of Nairobi, with gunshots ringing out and fires lit in the streets.

Mudavadi says there is a "serious attempt to try to either doctor or alter the final results".

"All presidential results from returning officers will reach the national tallying center by 12 p.m. tomorrow, that is, 11th of August", said Chebukati.

"The Kenyan people have never disappointed. every time an election has been stolen, the Kenyan people have stood up to make sure changes are made to make Kenya a better place".

As of Thursday afternoon, election officials were waiting to receive about 170 forms from the country's 290 constituencies and about 1,000 forms from the 40,883 polling stations.

"The long wait is leading to tension", said the analyst, Hezron Mogambi. "We are supposed by now to have had results, but the delay has been caused by the fact that the opposition had complaints about the system of transmitting results". One injured man in Kawangware was carried away by protesters who said police shot him.

There have been pockets of unrest in the country, like in western Kenya's Kisumu, as well as Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, where burned tires have been smoldering in the road since Wednesday.

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"Candidates and their supporters must accept that not winning is a natural part of a democratic competition", European Union observer mission head Marietje Schaake said.

The alliance's "outright declaration that Odinga is the rightful victor raises the risk of further violence in opposition areas should the IEBC confirm Kenyatta's victory", Emma Gordon, an analyst at Bath, England-based Verisk Maplecroft, said in an emailed note.

The United States is urging Kenyan candidates not to use violence if they dispute any results of Tuesday's election.

Global observers on Thursday gave the thumbs-up to the election, and US ambassador Robert Godec issued a statement on behalf of the diplomatic community calling for the election commission to be given time to complete its work.

While John Kerry may not be the U.S. Secretary of State anymore, he is still dedicated to assisting with foreign affairs.

Marietje Schaake, the head of the EU's mission, said Thursday that the group had seen "no signs of centralized or localized manipulation" after assessing voting procedures.

John Mahama, chief election observer for the Commonwealth and former president of Ghana, said Thursday that Kenya's voting and counting system appeared "credible, transparent and inclusive".

There was no immediate comment on the latest developments from Kenyatta, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule.

However the protests remained isolated, and in opposition strongholds where elections tend to stoke tensions.

"People are demonstrating due to their rights", said Edwin Onyango, a supporter of Odinga.

Between 28 December, 2007, and 28 February, 2008, at least 1,000 people died and 600,000 were displaced from their homes, after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the victor and Odinga rejected the polls as rigged. He also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to the Supreme Court, which rejected his case.

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