Kenya’s electoral commission, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced Monday that President William Ruto has won the august 2022 general election .
The commission said Ruto won Tuesday’s election with 50.49% percent of the vote. It called the vote “Free, fair and credible Election.”
Ruto – 7,176,141 representing 50.49%
Odinga – 6,942,930 representing 48.85%
Ruto won 39 counties, the minimum number required.
Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear were in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters.
The election has been a test of the stability of Kenya by most election observers as many recalled the post-election violence of 2007 that left more than 1,000 dead.
Ruto heads the Kenya Kwanza (Kenya First) Alliance and served as a lawmaker and minister for agriculture before becoming deputy president.
Odinga was running for presidency under the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) Alliance, which includes former president Kenyatta’s Jubilee party. He is a former cabinet minister and prime minister.
The election has been endorsed by international observers from African Union, East African Community and Igad