NAIROBI, Kenya’s main opposition candidate for the presidency in Tuesday’s general election, Raila Odinga, has rejected the early presidential election results which put incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead, citing the alleged hacking of the electoral commission’s systems to slant the victory towards Kenyatta.

Odinga’s rejection of the results led to protests in the western city of Kisumu and fueled fears that the country may witness post-election chaos. Violence which erupted after the December 2007 general election in which Odinga was defeated by Mwai Kibaki for the presidency led to the deaths of an estimated 1,200 people.

Acting Interior and Security Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Dr Fred Matiang’i also assured Kenyans that security was guaranteed. “We are not aware of any activities that may be a threat to peace.”

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) denied that its systems have been compromised, stressing that they are highly secure.

Early results have put Kenyatta in the lead with 54 per cent of the totals votes cast against Odinga’s 45 per cent.

In Kisumu, one of former Odinga’s strongholds, angry opposition supporters lit bonfire and hurled rocks at police officers minutes after Odinga rejected the results Wednesday.

Odinga says hackers accessed the IEBC’s systems using the identity of slain ICT official Chris Musando. He also says the results transmitted from the polling stations to Nairobi so far have not been accompanied by the official declaration forms.

Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party dismissed Odinga’s claims and urged him to concede. The ruling party accused the opposition leader of being a poor loser.

Odinga had lost the three previous three presidential elections, and this was seen as his last chance.

The IEBC promised to look into Odinga’s claims but stressed that its systems were secure. “We have faith in the systems. It is the same system we used for verification. It is the same system we are using now for transmission for them, but for now, I cannot say if the system has been hacked or not,” said IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.