President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto after being declared winner of August 8th election. Credit
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of the October 26 repeat presidential election which was marred by
low voter turnout and violence in opposition strongholds.
Mr. Kenyatta, who did not face off with his political arch nemesis Raila Odinga after the latter withdrew from the race,
garnered 7,483,895, a staggering 98.26% of the votes. Only about 40% of the 19.6 million registered voters showed up to
Raila, who had asked his supporters to boycott the repeat election, got 73,228, 1% of the votes.
Other candidates in the race included Third Way Alliance’s Ekuru Aukot, 21,333 (0.28%), Alliance for Real Change’s Mohamed
Dida, 14,127 (0.19%), United Democratic Party’s Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo, 3,832 (0.05%) and independent candidates Joseph
Nyaga 5,554 (0.07%), Japheth Kaluyu 8,261 (0.11%) and Michael Wainaina 6,007 (0.01%).
The total votes casts were 7,616,217.
Chebukati exudes confidence in the electoral process
In his speech before announcing the results, IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said “the commission ensured that everything
required of us by law was put in place for the conduct of the election,” contrary to claims by the opposition coalition
that the poll was a sham.
While acknowledging the difficult political situation the country has faced, Chebukati exuded confidence in the process
saying that the electoral agency took reform measures this time round including, but not limited to, increasing of KIEMS
kits gadgets and installation of both Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom cards for proper network coverage and extensive training
of poll officials including practicals on how to use printers and satellite communication technology.
“I can confidently say that on 26th of October, we did everything to ensure every Kenyan was able to practice his/her right
. We discharged our mandate, unfortunately not all Kenyans exercised their rights but I respect their choice,” said
Why repeat elections
Kenyans were forced to return to the polls after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential election results
that had declared President Kenyatta winner by over 8.2 million votes.