- Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced William Ruto as the winner of the country's contested presidential election
- Ruto, a 55-year-old who has served as deputy president of the country for 10 years, defeated his closest rival, Raila Odinga, with 54% of the vote
- However, 4 of the 7 electoral commission members declined to endorse the announcement of Ruto as the winner, saying that the results were opaque
William Ruto, the Kenyan deputy president, has been announced the winner of Kenya’s presidential election by the chairman of the country’s electoral commission.
Vanguard reported that Ruto defeated Raila Odinga in a strongly contested election with 50.4% of the total votes.
The announcement was delayed as there are allegations of riggings from members of Odinga’s camp.
Also, 4 of the 7 electoral commission members did not endorse the announcement on the ground that the results were “opaque.”
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The vice-chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Juliana Cherera, commented that:
“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general election.”
She added that a comprehensive statement would soon be released while urging Kenyans to keep calm.
She maintained that the result can be challenged and expressed optimism that the rule of law will prevail.
Earlier, Odinga’s party agent alleged that there were “mismanagement” and “irregularities” in the conduct of the election.
This was the first time 55-year-old will had run for president.
He had spent 10 years serving as deputy president. President Uhuru Kenyatta supported Odinga to succeed him because of the rift between him and Ruto.
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