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Uhuru Kenyatta Has Been Declared the Winner of Kenya's Contentious Re-run

He won 98 percent of the vote, despite the turnout being under 39 percent.

The Kenyan election commission has decalred President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the country's intense re-run of the presidential election, BBC reports.


Kenyatta got 7.5 million votes, or 98 percent of the votes that were cast—the voter turnout was only under 39 percent. This huge margin is due to not having to face a significant challenge after opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the re-run, calling the election a sham, AP reports.

Kenyans returned to cast their votes for the re-un on October 26, but 25 constituencies were suspended amid security fears. The commission says those results wouldn't affect the final outcome so it could move forward with its announcement.

Election Commission Chief Wafula Chebukati says that the country conducted a "free, fair and credible election" and that a "fresh team" of election staff worked the polls on the re-run day.

Odinga says he plans on making an announcement on Tuesday, as Kenya's opposition has 7 days to challenge the results.

Activist Akiya Omtatah has already filed a petition against Kenyatta and the election commission.


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