William Ruto has won the race to be the fifth president of the East African nation, according to results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) having scored 50.49 percent of the votes cast to defeat Raila Odinga.
But four election commissioners said they could not support the “opaque” vote count before the announcement, raising questions about what will happen next.
“There are no losers. The people of Kenya have won because we raised the political bar,” the president-elect said after the announcement.
“There is no looking back, we are looking to the future, we need all hands on deck to move forward.”
Ruto led a tight presidential race against opposition leader Raila Odinga.
It was a narrow margin of victory with Ruto winning a little more than seven million votes and Odinga securing a little less than seven million, the IEBC said.
Chaos emerged just before the declaration when the electoral commission’s vice chair and three other commissioners told journalists they could not support the “opaque nature” of the final phase.
“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced,” Deputy Chairperson Juliana Cherera said. At the declaration venue, police surged to impose calm amid shouting as pushing and shoving ensued.
The many checks and balances were designed to try to prevent the kind of allegations of rigging that provoked violence after the 2007 vote, when more than 1,200 people were killed.
In 2017, after the Supreme Court quashed the result over irregularities in the electoral process, more than 100 were killed.
Kamagut is a Sub location in Uasin Gishu County of the Republic of Kenya. William Ruto, who is the deputy president of Kenya as of 2020, is arguably Kamagut’s most famous son. It’s 15km from Eldoret town.
In his speech immediately he received Certificate Return, the new Kenya President, William Ruto, promised to run a transparent government and open for the good people of Kenya.
“I want to promise the people of Kenya that I will run a transparent and open government for the benefit of the good people of Kenya.
“I promise to build on the legacy of my predecessor.
“The hero of the election is the independent electoral commission. Anyone with a calculator can see the results of this election.”