Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya presidential election
Nairobi, Kenya – Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election amid allegations of voting fraud by the opposition.
According to official figures released by the country’s electoral commission on Friday, the incumbent secured 54.27 percent of the ballots cast, while his rival, Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent.
With Kenyatta receiving more than 50 percent of the votes, he will not be forced into a second round of voting.
The winner is also required to get 25 percent of the votes of at least half of all 47 counties to avoid a runoff.
“It’s been a long wait for the last couple of days. But we were determined that we would be patient and wait for the final result, as indeed have now been declared,” Kenyatta said following the announcement.
“We shall continue with the work that we have started…Kenyans want us to succeed.”
More than 15 million people cast their ballots, representing 78 percent of the registered voters.
“Countries around the world have been watching us closely,” Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared.
Chebukati said that he was “confident” that the manner he election was conducted was “fair and credible”.
The announcement of the results was delayed for hours after election officials had said they needed time to review documents from some polling districts.