Kenyan President-elect William Ruta has promised to lead a transparent and open democratic government. He addressed the nation after the chairman of the country’s election commission declared him the winner.
Ruto won the presidential election in a tight fight against five-time challenger Raila Odinga. Ruto won just over 50% of the vote, while Odinga won just over 48%.
However, chaos arose just before the announcement, when the deputy chairman of the election commission and three other members of the commission refused to accept the results of the presidential election.
“Ruto William Samuel, the number of votes is 7 million 176 thousand votes. This is 50.49% and a minimum number of 39 districts. Therefore, in accordance with the constitution of the law, I, Wafula Chebukati, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), hereby declare Ruth Williams as the newly elected President of the Republic of Kenya,” IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.
Announcement of election results:
Ruto thanked his supporters for the victory.
“In a special way, I want to admit that without you we would not be here, I am also grateful to the people of Kenya, to the millions of people who listened to us. In particular, I want to thank my compatriots for raising the bar in these elections. I want to promise the people of Kenya that I will lead a transparent and open democratic government. “