Saturday, 9 March 2013

Kenyatta wins Kenya's presidential election


Kenyatta had led the poll since results started trickling in after voting closed on Monday [Reuters]
 
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta won the presidential election with 50.07 percent of the vote, official results show, just enough to avoid a runoff.
 
The country's electoral commission said voter turnout in the election was 88 percent.
Following the announcement on Saturday, Raila Odinga , outgoing prime minister, who came second in the election, said he would contest the result.
Odinga's camp had said during tallying that the ballot count was deeply flawed and had called for it to be halted.

Speaking in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, Odinga said "rampant illegality" across the entire election process has led him to seek a Supreme Court investigation into polling procedures.
Saying almost "every intstrument" of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC, failed, Odinga cited a lowering of voter registrations in his coalition's strongholds as an area of concern. Kenyatta also thanked his "older brother, Raila Odinga, for his spirited campaign" and said that now is the time for all Kenyans to come together.
 

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