Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the country’s presidential election.
Kenyatta won the controversial poll with 54.27 percent of votes, beating his rival Raila Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, the election commission announced.
“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.
However, shortly before the results were announced, opposition members said they will reject it.
“We are not going to be party to it. Our issues have not been addressed. One can conclude they [electoral commission] are not keen on taking our concerns seriously,” Musalia Mudavadi, a senior official of the National Super Alliance (NASA) and former Kenyan vice president, said.
James Orengo, another senior NASA official, called the election process a “charade” and a “disaster”.
“You do not just hold an election for the sake of it. And the election is not about announcing winners and losers,” he said.