KENYAN ELECTORAL COMMISSION DECLARES PRESIDENT KENYATTA RE-ELECTED

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected after garnering 7,483,895 votes of the total of 7,616,217 votes cast in the fresh presidential election held on Oct 26.

The fresh election was ordered by the Supreme Court which had nullified the results of the vote for the presidency during the Aug 8 General Election, citing various irregularities on the part of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The results of elections for Parliament, county governors and county assemblies were allowed to stand.

During last Thursday’s fresh election, which was boycotted by the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA), Kenyatta polled 98.26 per cent of the valid votes cast as well as a majority of votes cast in a majority of the country’s 47 counties.

Odinga, whose name, along those of other presidential candidates in the August general election, remained on the ballot. He garnered 73,228 votes.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said here Monday the commission was unable to proceed with elections in 25 constituencies because of unrest and a boycott by NASA supporters in these counties. The 1,632,930 registered voters in the constituencies cannot, however, affect the final outcome of the election.

Meanwhile, President Kenyatta said he foresees that his is likely to again be subjected to a Constitutional test through the courts. “And as I have demonstrated repeatedly, I will submit to this constitutional path no matter its outcome,” he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK