Kenya is waiting with bated breath to find out its next president

Kenyan police in running battles with opposition supporters after contested poll

Kenya's main opposition coalition demanded on August 10 that its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won an election that has already led to angry protests over fraud claims.

The latest allegations by the National Super Alliance (NASA) are likely to further ratchet up tensions in the country where a disputed 2007 poll left 1,100 dead.

Raw polling data published on its website says that with nearly all of results in, Mr Kenyatta - who is seeking a second term - is leading with about 54.3%, to Mr Odinga's 44.8% share of the vote.

Britain and the USA joined foreign observer missions from the European Union, African Union, Commonwealth and the Carter Center in urging party leaders to be patient and refrain from inflaming tensions ahead of the release of final results, expected on Friday.

Shortly after they spoke however, one of NASA's leaders Musalia Mudavadi gave a televised press conference unveiling new claims from "confidential sources" within the IEBC saying their servers showed Odinga was the true victor.

The opposition says its calculations show Odinga beating Kenyatta by a margin of more than 600,000 votes.

Senior party officials, including Odinga, have been arriving at the IEBC ahead of the expected results announcement.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati insisted the poll was "free and fair".

The commission said on Friday afternoon that it had nearly received all of the forms needed for the final election result.

Foreign observer missions declined to comment but urged all parties to stay calm while results were cross-checked with paper records.

"We are happy", said 35-year-old Anthony Karaba, as a police helicopter hovered overhead.

In Nairobi's Mathare slum, where the capital's police chief said officers shot dead two men who had allegedly attacked them with machetes on Wednesday, scores of people streamed through the streets shouting "Uhuru must go".

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He urged all sides to wait for the final results, and for the loser to accept defeat.

All eyes will now turn to Odinga, and his reaction to the loss which he claimed was a result of massive rigging of Tuesday's election, which his party denounced as a "charade" and a "disaster".

USA state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged "all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the IEBC's announcement of official results".

Several people died in protests on Wednesday after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged that hackers had infiltrated the election commission's database and manipulated results in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "The nation is sitting precariously on the precipice".

The shift in focus at yesterday's media briefing away from the hacking claims toward the results on the IEBC's system undermined the alliance's credibility, Gordon at Verisk said.

"I am very disappointed with John Kerry and the other observers", he added.

Provisional results released by the election commission on its website show Kenyatta leading by a big margin with nearly all polling stations counted.

"Even if I am celebrating, let me celebrate in a way that will not provoke the other person because if I celebrate in a way that provokes another person, that escalates that feeling of people fighting of which we don't want", said Otieno.

An worldwide observer mission is urging Kenyans to be calm as they await final election results following opposition allegations of vote-rigging and the deaths of several people in election protests.

"But we believe that the election's commission in Kenya has put together a process that will allow each and every vote's integrity to be proven", Kerry said, adding that there were "little aberrations here and there". "It's important they have the time to do these procedures well".

In separate statements, Washington and London said any disputes should be addressed through the established resolution mechanisms, in line with Kenya's Constitution.

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