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Kenyas Supreme Court upholds Rutos win in presidential election

The verdict was delivered by Martha Koome, chair of the seven-member Supreme Court on Monday.

Published On 5 Sep 2022

Kenyas Supreme Court has upheld the victory of former Deputy President William Ruto in the August 9 presidential election, after ruling on several petitions brought by his closest challenger Raila Odinga.

The unanimous verdict was delivered on Monday by Martha Koome, the chair of the seven-member court.

We declare the election of the president-elect to be valid, she said.

On August 15, Ruto have been declared the winner of the ballot by Wafula Chebukati, the top of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) with 50.4 percent of the vote to Odingas 48.8 percent.

In a dramatic split right before the announcement of the outcomes, four of the seven commissioners disowned the effect.

But Koome said that aside from their eleventh-hour denunciation of the verification process the four commissioners haven’t shown any evidence that the election was compromised.

She also said the court found no evidence that the outcomes have been tampered via hacking of the IEBC servers, as was alleged by Odingas camp.

Your choice paves just how for Ruto, 55, to be sworn in as Kenyas 5th president in the coming days.

Ruto was elected in 2013 and 2017 alongside outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, as his deputy. However the duo fell out in 2018 after an urgent truce between your president and his erstwhile archrival Odinga.

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