The hotly contested 2022 Kenyan general election came to an end yesterday evening with Dr. William Ruto stealing the show with a narrow win over his closest rival Raila Odinga.
Dr. Ruto was announced the winner and handed the certificate by the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati despite earlier protests by four commissioners claiming the opaqueness of the process.
Dr. Ruto was voted in with a total of 7,176,141 votes accounting for 50.49% to pass the threshold needed to qualify, He also had 25% of cast votes in 39 counties, a candidate is required to have at least 25% of votes cast in at least 25 counties to qualify as president-elect according to the constitution.
His closest rival Raila Amollo Odinga had 6,942,930 of the total votes cast accounting for 48.85% to come second.
There was celebration and jubilation across the country to celebrate Ruto’s victory. However, Raila,s movement Azimio threatened to take their grievances to the supreme court claiming a wide range of irregularities and compromised IEBC officials by the UDA Party.