NAIROBI, The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has expressed concern over what it describes as unnecessary tension building up around preliminary results of Kenya’s general election held on Tuesday as the the people the announcement of the final results by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

NICI Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo, in a statement issued here Wednesday, emphasized that the IEBC was verifying all the results using the official forms appealed to all Kenyans to be patient while waiting for the IEBC to announce the final results.

He also urged Kenyans to shun fake news and misinformation being peddled on social media.

Kaparo also urged politicians to avoid inciting their followers regarding the electoral process as the nation awaits the results. He urged Kenyans to embrace peace and calm.

Meanwhile, the IEBC has refuted claims by the main opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance NASA, that its election management system had been hacked. IEBC chief executive officer Ezra Chiloba categorically stated there was no internal or external interference of the system before, during and after the polls.

The NASA presidential candidate, opposition leader Raila Odinga, had claimed that the opposition had provided proof to the IEBC to show how hackers had altered results on the system from 12.37pm Tuesday until 2 am Wednesday. Odinga has also rejected provisional results indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential election.

The latest preliminary results from the IEBC show that President Kenyatta has maintained a steady lead in the presidential race with 8,009,175 votes, or 54.31 per cent of the votes counted so far while Odinga was in second placer with 6,608,405 vote, or 44.81 per cent. The provisional results announced so far are from 39,620 polling stations out of the total of 40,883.