Kenyan presidential election: William Ruto was declared the winner
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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati claimed Ruto had won 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) in the August 9 election, compared to 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga.
Kenya’s election chief declared Ruto the winner of the presidential race
William Ruto has won the race to become the East African nation’s fifth president, according to results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). But four election commissioners said they could not support the “opaque” vote count ahead of the announcement, raising concerns about what would happen next.
“There are no losers. Kenyans have won because we have raised the political bar,” the president-elect commented after the announcement on Monday. “Not looking back, we’re looking to the future, we need all hands on deck to move forward.” Ruto faced off against opposition leader Raila Odinga for the presidency.
The IEBC Chairperson noted that the victory was narrow as Ruto polled a little over seven million votes and Odinga a little under seven million. Ruto got 50.49 percent of the vote, while Odinga got 48.85 percent.
Chaos erupted immediately before the announcement when the Election Commission’s vice-chairman and three other commissioners warned reporters that they could not support the “opaque nature” of the final phase. “We cannot take ownership of the results that will be announced,” said Deputy Speaker Juliana Cherera.
At the announcement site, there was a lot of pushing and shoving as the police shouted and pushed to carry out the order. Diplomats and international constables were kicked out of the tallying hall and scuffles broke out before Chebukati spoke. Cherera urged the parties to pursue any issues through the courts. The unexpected split in the commission came minutes after Odinga’s chief agent announced he could not verify the results and made claims of “electoral crimes” without providing details or evidence. Odinga was not present at the venue for the announcement.
Kenyans are now waiting to see if Odinga will go back to court to protest the outcome of last Tuesday’s peaceful election in the country, which is vital to regional stability. It was the final effort for the 77-year-old longtime adversary. This time he was backed by former opposition and extroverted President Uhuru Kenyatta, who lost years earlier with his deputy, Ruto.
Odinga’s spokesman Makau Mutua described the Electoral Commission chairman’s announcement as “invalid because he did not have the quorum of commissioners to hold a plenary meeting and take such an important decision”. “It’s not over until it’s over,” Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua, a former justice minister, tweeted. In Kisumu, Odinga’s stronghold in the country’s west, the reaction was swift. Protesters chanted “We want Raila now!” Amidst such screams, huge plumes of smoke rose up in an intersection as piles of tires were burnt.
Allegations of vote manipulation led to riots after the 2007 polls, when more than 1,200 people were killed. In 2017, more than 100 people were killed after the Supreme Court overturned a verdict on irregularities in the electoral process. Ruto is a 55-year-old rags-to-riches businessman who framed the vote as a battle between ordinary “hustlers” and “dynasties” who have dominated Kenya since independence from Britain in 1963.
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His election is a victory for the man who moved politics by appealing to poor Kenyans economically, not traditional ethnic ones. Voter turnout in this election fell to 65 percent, indicating Kenyans are tired of seeing the same old political leaders on the ballot and unhappy with the dire economic situation in the East African economic powerhouse.