Carter Center dings Kenya vote on tech failures

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 5:34 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An American election observer group led by former President Jimmy Carter says Kenya's March 4 presidential election suffered serious technological shortcomings but that the election's paper trail preserved the will of Kenyan voters.

The Carter Center said Thursday the initial release by Kenya's election commission of inaccurate figures challenged confidence in the commission. It also said a lack of transparency in the national count marred the vote.

The commission named Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 50.07 percent. The result was challenged but upheld by the Supreme Court.

Kenyatta is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges related to violence after Kenya's 2007 election.

Those charges have threatened to ice Kenya's relations with the West. However, the U.S. Embassy says its ambassador to Kenya will attend Kenyatta's swearing-in next week.

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