It was a keenly contested election. At the end of the day, however, Williams Ruto was declared the winner of the presidential election and president-elect of Kenya.
Ruto polled 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast (7,176,141) to defeat his closest rival, former prime minister Raila Odinga, who polled 48.85 per cent ( 6,942,930) of votes cast. Ruto also got the minimum 25 per cent of the votes cast in 39 counties.
Wafula Chebukati, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), announced the results declaring Ruto as the president-elect of Kenya.
In a statement, the head of the electoral body had declared Ruto duly elected as the president of the Republic of Kenya under Article 138 of the Constitution of the presidential election held on August 9, 2022.
The result has been a subject of controversy, however, with Raila Odinga rejecting it. Interestingly, four out of the seven members of the electoral body have refused to authenticate the result.
Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the IEBC, is one of those who refused to authenticate the result. According to her, a comprehensive statement will be out soon. In the interim, she urged Kenyans to remain calm and not take the law into their hands.
Stay tuned, Y’all.