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Uhuru declared winner of Kenya elections, Raila rejects results

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of the just concluded Kenyan elections.  Uhuru won with 8,203,290 (54.27%) votes against Raila Odinga’s 6,762,224 (44.74%) votes. The 2017 general election had a voter turnout of 79.17 percent.  The overall voter turn out was 79.27%.  Kenya electoral laws do not require a rerun if a candidate wins 50%+1.

Earlier in the evening while the final vote count was being carried out, the NASA coalition lead by Dr. Raila Odinga walked out of the tally centre at BOMAS in Nairobi saying they would neither accept the results nor go to court over the results.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati thanked the Observers who had unanimously declared that the elections were free and fair.

This election was marred by accusations, violence earlier in the campaign as well as high profile people being murdered a month and a few days leading to the vote date.  One last minute contentious issue around the IEBC (Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission) was talk of  hacking of the Electoral system and that the late ICT Manager Chris Msando’s id was used to log in.  Last month Chris Msando was reported missing and soon found tortured and dead with his female friend.

NASA had earlier on released its own results indicating that Raila Odinga was the winner but these results were rejected by IEBC as calls for calm were being made and the chairman of the IEBC was asking for patience till all the forms had been verified and the final tally announced.

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