Kenya election observers urge losing candidates to concede gracefully

Millions will go to the polls in Kenya to vote for president after a tightly fought race

But in 2007-2008, in a poll observers said was riddled with irregularities, his loss prompted an eruption of ethno-political violence, leaving 1 100 dead and 600 000 displaced.

As of 1630 GMT, the election commission website put Kenyatta in front with 54.3 percent of votes counted to 44.8 percent for Odinga - a margin of 1.4 million ballots with 97 percent of polling stations reported. Almost 80 percent of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.

In his acceptance speech Kenyatta reached out to Odinga and his supporters, to "work together.so that we can build this nation together".

"Kenya is at a standstill", Kiprono Kittony, chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said by phone on Friday. No Kenyan should die because of an election.

An AFP photographer saw one of the victims, a young man with a massive gunshot wound to the head, while a senior police officer confirmed two had been killed in the flashpoint slum of Mathare.

However, there were also protests. Police fired on demonstrators in Kawangware, a poor area of the capital, according to an Associated Press photographer.

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.

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. They have not responded to them.

"If they can open those servers, and we all look at it, we are prepared to accept the results of what is contained in those servers", James Orengo, chief election agent for the NASA opposition coalition, told reporters.

He praised the Kenyan people's history of standing up to stolen elections and said there were "constitutional alternatives" to challenging any result, but he stopped short of calling for protests.

The election commission said there was a hacking attempt but it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him as the victor.

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Results in each polling station are recorded on a form - known as 34A - that observers from each party must sign.

Yakub Guliye, election commissioner in charge of information technology, said the opposition had not made a formal request and it would not act on a verbal request.

"We are working hard to ensure that we get the final results within the shortest time possible". The election commission has until Tuesday to release the final tally.

Police had beefed up security across much of Kenya - particularly in opposition strongholds in the west and parts of Nairobi - in anticipation of the announcement of the result.

Kenya is the leading economy in East Africa, and any instability would be likely to ripple through the region.

Odinga is a member of the Luo, an ethnic group from the west of the country that has long said it is excluded from power.

In 2007, tallying was halted and the incumbent president declared the victor, triggering an outcry from Odinga's camp and waves of ethnic violence that led to International Criminal Court charges against Kenyatta and his now-deputy, William Ruto.

The envoys said no election is flawless, whether in their own countries or in Kenya, noting that a range of global and domestic observer missions have praised the IEBC for its work in exceptionally challenging circumstances.

"If there are then disputes or disagreements, the Kenyan constitution is very clear on how they are to be addressed. Violence must never be an option", he said on Friday.

"The streets do not", said former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, an election observer for The Carter Center, an global democracy promotion group led by former President Jimmy Carter. "You can not claim that results are fake with respect to presidential vote and you welcome the areas where your governors and MPs have won convincingly".

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