Kenyatta declared winner of Kenyan poll amid controversy

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election.

He won 98% of the vote with turnout at just under 39% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote, according to the election commission.

The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it.

Mr Kenyatta was also declared the winner in the August vote, which was annulled because of “irregularities”.

The unprecedented decision from the Supreme Court cancelling the result did not attribute any blame to President Kenyatta’s party or campaign.

The re-run was suspended in 25 constituencies which are all opposition strongholds amid security fears. The election commission said those results would not affect the final outcome so it could proceed with its announcement.

Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati described the latest vote as “free, fair and credible”.

Last week, before the election re-run, Mr Chebukati had cast doubt on the credibility of the poll. He was speaking after one of the election commissioners fled the country, saying she feared for her life.

Kenya’s opposition now has seven days to mount a legal challenge, and Mr Odinga says he will make an announcement on Tuesday.

Mr Odinga boycotted the re-run because he said that no reforms had been made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after the Supreme Court found irregularities and illegalities in the original poll.

Source: BBC

3 Responses to Kenyatta declared winner of Kenyan poll amid controversy

  1. Kenyatta is a charlatan! Shameful b**a stard

    Jah Mason
    October 31, 2017 at 5:03 am
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  2. The problem is pulling out of an election on the eleventh hour and ask one’s supporters not to vote after a historic judgement ordering a rerun.
    Kenyatta is not to blame .
    The judges did their job .
    Someone did not.

    Mike
    October 31, 2017 at 6:17 am
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  3. In Zambia we have a precedent where UNIP boycotted elections in 1996. Since then, they have never recovered.

    M.M.
    October 31, 2017 at 11:49 am
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