Vice -president William Ruto has won the Kenya presidential elections in the middle of dramatic scenes.
He struck his rival in a strict way, Raila Odinga, and took 50.5% of the votes, according to the official results.
The announcement was delayed in the middle of Scuffles and accusations of vocal riging by the campaign of Mr. Odinga.
Four of the seven members of the electoral committee refused to approve the result and declared that it was “opaque”.
“We cannot become owned by the result that will be announced due to the opaque nature of this final phase of the general elections,” says Juliana Cherra, vice -president of the Electoral Commission and Independent Borders (IEBC). “We will make a full statement…and again urge Kenyans to remain calm,” she added.
Mr Odinga’s party agent previously claimed there had been ‘irregularities’ and ‘mismanagement’ in the election.
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It was the first time Mr Ruto, 55, had run for president. He was vice president for 10 years but fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Mr Odinga as his successor. The 77-year-old former prime minister, who won 48.8% of the vote, was running for president for the fifth time.
Election commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said he had done his duty despite the threats.
“We have walked the road to ensure that Kenyans get free, fair and credible elections. It has not been an easy journey – at the moment two of my commissioners and the CEO are injured,” he said. declared.
In his speech, President-elect Ruto thanked the Election Commission for overseeing the election. “It’s a beautiful evening… all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya,” Ruto said, calling Chebukati a “hero” and dismissing the other commissioners’ disapproval of his victory as “an afterthought”.
Mr. Ruto said that he wanted to be a president of everyone and that the country wanted to focus on the future.
“To those who have done many things against us, I want to tell them that there is nothing to be afraid of. There will be no revenge. We do not have the luxury to look back,” he added. Celebrations erupted in several parts of the country, including the strongholds of Mr Ruto in the Rift Valley and that of his deputy Rigathi Gachagua in the central region.
Supporters of Mr Odinga staged protests in the western town of Kisumu and parts of Nairobi.
But there is widespread relief that the result has finally been announced as the country has been at a standstill since Election Day on August 9, economic activity has stalled and schools remain closed.
Kenya’s history of disputed elections in the past has resulted in violence or the cancellation of the entire electoral process.
After the 2007 elections, at least 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 fled their homes after claiming an election was stolen.