Kenya’s Electoral Commission has announced Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto President and Deputy president-elect in repeat presidential Elections with 98 percent of the vote.
“I am confident we did everything to ensure every Kenyan exercised their right to vote….”We came up with a fresh presidential election management team to address concerns. I’m satisfied that the commission has met conditions to deliver a free, fair and credible election,” said Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chair.
This becomes Uhuru’s second term in office and final five-year term.
A final tally of votes gave Uhuru 7,483, 895 votes (98.26 percent) according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Raila Odinga, his closest rival who withdraw from the repeat poll garnered73,228.
Other candidates in the race: Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot garnered 21,333 votes, Alliance for Real Change leader Abduba Dida 14,107 votes and independent candidates Japheth Kaluyu, Michael Wainaina, Joseph Nyagah, and Cyrus Jirongo garnered 8,261, 6,007, 5,554 and 3,823 votes respectively.
The commission also said the total voter turnout was 38.84 percent of the 19.6 million registered voters
“The total votes cast were 7,616,217 million and rejected ballots 37,713. This translates to a national voter turnout of 38.84 per cent,” chairman Wafula Chebukati said.
“By the powers vested in me under Article 138(14) I hereby call the election, as I congratulate the victors. I hereby declare Mr Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mr William Samoei Ruto as President and Deputy elect respectively,” announced Wafula Chebukati.
However, he decried the violent disruptions that affected voting in 25 constituencies.
“We still will not please everyone. As a lawyer, I cannot contravene the law, which I set my life to defend,” he said as regards to being perceived as a weak leader of the commission.
Kenyatta was declared the winner in the August vote before it was annulled because of “irregularities” by the Supreme Court.
Uhuru was heard saying “thank you once again, thank you’ to the IEBC chair “God is good,” said President Uhuru.
“My victory today is part of a process likely to be subjected to the test at the courts,” he said. “People are talking about dialogue but I want to state that I will wait for the Supreme Court process before engaging anyone in dialogue over national cohesion,” Uhuru said after he was declared the winner of the just-concluded repeat presidential election.
Kenyatta used his speech to hit at Raila for boycotting the repeat election. “You cannot choose to exercise a right and then abscond the consequences of that action,” Uhuru said in reference to Raila. Raila announced he had pulled out of the election, after accusing the electoral body of not being ready to conduct the poll and placing a raft of other conditions.