By Buba Gagigo
Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto has been announced the winner of the presidential election over ex-Prime Minister and leading opposition, Raila Odinga.
Ruto won with 50.49 percent of the votes (7,176,121 votes), Raila Odinga came second with 48.85 person of the votes (6,942,930 votes), opposition George Wajackoyah came third with 0.44 percent of the votes (61,969 votes), and another opposition Devid Waihiga came fourth with 0.23 percent of the votes (31,987 votes).
Addressing the nation after being declared winner, William Ruto said: “The people of Kenya have raised the bar on us – not to sell our ethnicities, but to sell our programme.”
He has also praised the election process, despite the fact that a little earlier a group of commissioners said they couldn’t participate in the result:
“The IEBC [election commission] amazed all of us… I want to congratulate the IEBC for raising the bar.
“Wafula Chebukati [the chairman] is our hero,” Ruto told the BBC
At the National Tallying Centre, violence has broken out after the results of the presidential election were delayed for several hours