"With regards to the allegation of hacking, it was brought to our attention...and as President Thabo Mbeki indicated; our observer missions are not clothed with the investigative capacity to even investigate those allegations". Our Mission in Nairobi also fielded observers, and we were impressed by Kenyans' commitment to ensuring their voices are heard through the ballot box.
"What we need to make this work is to have better voter education and awareness programmes", he said, adding, that could be possible by the next elections in 2022.
"Every time an election has been stolen ..."
Chiloba says the commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, will make an announcement later in the day.
The dispute has raised fears among Kenyans of ethnic and political clashes of the kind seen in 2007 when 1,200 people were killed.
Former president Mahama has been trying to calm choppy waters by urging the country's leaders to accept the results once it is officially declared by the country's electoral commission.
The electoral commission admitted that hackers had tried to access its database, but said they did not succeed.
"In addition to the IEBC, the judiciary and many other institutions prepared for these elections and have worked to discharge their responsibilities as they have unfolded. We urge Kenyans to support them", the envoys said.
"We join them in that recognition".
Many private and public sector workers have continued to stay at home pending the final declaration of the presidential result. "Kenya's democratic progress has been hard won and must be protected", the envoys said.
Kenyatta's administration has also been plagued by allegations of corruption that many Kenyans see as the reason for the country's vast inequalities, with well-connected millionaires enjoying luxuries while large numbers of people struggle to afford food and housing.
"The IEBC should be given an opportunity to complete its tallying", said Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department's spokesperson in a statement issued on Thursday night.
As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on August 8 peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders.
The election commission is almost finished collecting and posting online official forms signed by party agents from each of the country's 41,000 polling stations and 290 constituencies.
President Kenyatta has already taken the lead with 55 per cent of the votes, while Mr. Odinga has 44 per cent.
British Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart, asked Kenyans to be patient as IEBC verified the results amid anxiety among Kenyans.
Odinga's claims of rigging after defeat in the 2007 elections prompted rioting and retaliation by security forces, which tipped the country into its worst crisis for decades.
The opposition has published its own figures, putting Raila ahead of incumbent President Kenyatta.
But the opposition insisted it was in possession of alternative results, showing Odinga in the lead. The IEBC is the only body legally allowed to count votes.
He said that if losers "graciously" accepted election defeat, they would end up being winners.
He added that minor variances from established process would not affect the overall integrity and process of the polls.style="text-align: center;"