William Samoei Ruto has been declared as the President-Elect of the Republic of Kenya.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the announcement at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on Monday, August 15, 2022.
Ruto who served as Deputy President to Uhuru Kenyatta since 2013 trounced his opponent Raila Amollo Odinga to clinch the Presidency.
The IEBC declared Ruto the winner with 50.49 per cent of the total vote cast, equivalent to 7,176,141 votes. Raila Odinga got 6,942,930 votes representing 48 percent of the votes cast.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati presented the certificate of presidential results to Mr Ruto.
The results of the elections have already received backlash after a section of IEBC Commissioners declared that they can not justify how the vote counting was done.
IEBC Deputy Chairperson held a press conference a few minutes before Mr. Ruto was announced the winner to disown the results.
Mr. Odinga’s chief agents have also contested the outcome – arguing that the system used by the IEBC to tally the results of the presidential contest were compromised.
It remains to be seen whether Odinga’s team will contest the results in court.