Kenyatta declared winner in re-run of Presidential Kenyan poll

Uhuru Kenyatta addresses British investors in Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta addresses British investors in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/PresidentKE

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been declared winner of the Presidential election for a second time after a controversial re-run of the vote.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), he won 98% of the vote with turnout at just under 39% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote which was annulled by the Kenyan Supreme Court because of “irregularities”.

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

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, had withdrawn from the re-run and urged his supporters not to vote.

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

Before the result was announced, the UK’s Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart, released a statement appealing for calm.

Kenya’s opposition now has seven days to mount a legal challenge, and Mr Odinga says he will make an announcement tomorrow (Tuesday 31 October).

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