Kenya’s electoral commission chair MR. Wafula W. Chebukati has declared William Ruto the winner of a tight presidential race but, amid chaotic scenes.
This is seen by four other senior election officials who have said the week-long count was too opaque and disowned the result.
Today, August 15, 2022, at around 6:00 pm IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati made the announcement at the Bomas of Kenya saying that Mr Ruto had fulfilled the constitutional requirements after garnering 7,176,141 votes, representing 50.07 per cent of the total votes cast and he achieved the minimum number of 39 counties at 25%.
Some minutes before the chair of the electoral commission announced that Ruto had won the vote, his deputy, Juliana Cherera, had told media at a separate location that she and three other commissioners disowned the results.
“We are not able to take ownership of the results that will be announced,” she said.
The information states that the Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s chief agent, Saitabao Ole Kanchuri, revealed that the systems used by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to tally the results of the presidential contest had been compromised ahead of the official announcement by the electoral body.
Now Kenyans are waiting to see whether Odinga will again go to court to contest the results of the election. This is likely to be the final try for the 77-year-old longtime opposition figure, backed this time by his former rival and the outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who fell out with his deputy, Ruto.