Days after anxious waiting, Kenya’s Independent Electoral Bureau Commission (IEBC) has officially declared Deputy President William Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance winner in a closely-fought presidential race.
Ruto narrowly won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against his rival Raila Odinga who garnered 6.94 million (48.85 percent) in the August 9 vote.
He would become the fifth president of the country on inauguration day.
However, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the chosen successor of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, has said he will contest the results at the Supreme Court following the IEBC’s declaration.
In the lead-up to Tuesday’s election, both presidential hopefuls had promised to peacefully accept the results.
“We want peace, we shall accept the decision of the Kenyan people,” Ruto said at a Sunday church service ahead of the polls.
Raila made similar remarks.
“We will accept the outcome,” he said. “If we win, we will celebrate, and if we lose we will also congratulate the winner because that’s what democracy is all about.”