Ruto announced winner, Kenya election officials disown presidential results

Kenya's Deputy President, Mr William Ruto and presidential candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Kenya Kwanza political coalition reacts after being declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election at the IEBC National Tallying Centre at the Bomas of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya August 15, 2022. REUTERS

Kenya’s elections chief has declared Deputy President, Mr William Ruto the winner of a tight presidential race on Monday but, amid chaotic scenes, four other senior election officials said the week-long count was too opaque and disowned the result.

Minutes before the chairman of the electoral commission, Mr Wafula Chebukati, announced that Mr Ruto had won the vote, his deputy, Ms Juliana Cherera, had told the media at a separate location that she and three other commissioners disowned the results.

“We are not able to take ownership of the results that will be announced,” she said.

Mr Ruto had appeared to be leading long-time opposition leader, Mr Raila Odinga as Kenyans awaited final results of the election held nearly a week ago.

Diplomats and international elections were whisked out of the tallying hall before Mr Chebukati spoke, as scuffles broke out.

Amid fears that vote-rigging allegations could lead to bloody scenes like those that followed presidential polls in 2007 and 2017, Ms Cherera urged the parties to pursue any disputes through the courts.

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