Kenya: William Ruto declared winner

Kenya: William Ruto declared winner of the polls amid dramatic scenes

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Kenya has declared Deputy President, William Ruto, winner of the presidential election.

The Deputy President then beats his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.5% of the vote, according to the official results.

But four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the result, saying it was “opaque“.

“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general election,” said Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm,” she added.

Mr Odinga’s party agent earlier alleged that there were “irregularities” and “mismanagement” in the election, the BBC reported.

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