William Rutu has won Kenyan’s presidential election, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, defeating Raila Odinga in a close race.
The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati declared Ruto as the duly elected president with 7,176,141 votes.
Ruto garnered 7,176,141 (50.49%) votes which surpassed the requisite 50% of the votes to clinch the top seat in the just concluded hotly contested presidential election.
His political archrival and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party Raila Odinga came a close second with 6,942,930 votes (48.85%).
Ruto also got 25% of the votes in 39 counties. The constitutional demands that the winning candidate garners 25% of the votes in at least half of the total number of counties.
The two presidential candidates have been in a neck-to-neck race since the tallying of votes began on Tuesday, August 9, after the close of voting.
It is until today that Kenyans got the clear winner of the August 9 presidential contest after days of anticipation and anxiety
Speaking while announcing the winner, Chebukati said:
“I Wafula Chebukati, chairman of IEBC hereby declares that Ruto William Samoei of ID Number 6847208 has been duly elected as President of the Republic of Kenya under the provisions of Article 138.”