Uhuru Kenyatta wins second term as Kenyan President with 54.27 percent vote in elections

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 12 August 2017, 06:31 PM
Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya Presidential polls
Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya Presidential polls

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election on Friday amid allegations of voting fraud by the opposition. As per official figures released by the country's electoral commission on Friday, the incumbent secured 54.27 percent of the ballots cast, while his rival, Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent.

"Having fulfilled the requirement by law... I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta... as president elect," said polls commission chairman Wafula Chebukati, as cheers and singing broke out at the national tallying centre.

Kenyatta took to the stage to thank Kenyans "for the confidence they have shown in me." He vowed to "continue the work that we have alreadystarted and re-dedicate ourselves toward serving this greatnation and our people." Kenyatta also reached out to Odinga  -- who has rejectedthe vote due to alleged rigging -- and his supporters, to"work together... so that we can build this nation together". "We are not enemies. We are all citizens of one republic.

As with any competition there shall always be winners andthere shall be losers but we all belong to one great nation ofKenya," he said. "Let us be peaceful... there is no need for violence.Your neighbour is your neighbour regardless of their ethnicity, their religion, their colour." Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition refusedto take part in the announcement of results, after accusing the election commission of refusing to hear their concerns over the counting process. Top NASA official James Orengo denounced the counting process as "an entire charade, this is a disaster."

First Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 06:05 PM
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