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IEBC declares Uhuru Kenyatta 4th president of Kenya

09 March 2013, 16:48 Pauline Nyumu

The IEBC chairman Issack Hassan on Saturday declared Uhuru Kenyatta the fourth president of Kenya.

The briefing started exactly at 2.00 pm, which was three hours later than the expected time.

Uhuru Kenyatta won the election with a total of 6 178 433 votes against his closest rival, Raila Odinga’s 5 340 546 votes amounting to 50.07 per cent of total votes cast.

He also managed to garner over 25 percent of votes in at least 32 counties as stipulated by the constitution.

Issack observed that this was the largest voter turnout in the Kenyan history with 86 per cent voter turn out.

Out of the 14 352 533 registered voters, only 12 330 058 voters turned out to participate in the Monday event.

Issack thanked Kenyans for remaining calm during the election period, observing that “there can be victory without victims.”

The IEBC chair also recognised the other seven contenders that were in the race to statehouse, congratulating Musalia Mudavadi and Peter Kenneth for conceding defeat. He urged the others who did not make it in the race to follow suit.

It was an election that faced many technical challenges and uncertainty, right from the casting of votes to the tallying process.

On Monday, 14 people including members of the Kenya Police force lost their lives in Mombasa through a suspected MRC attack.

The tallying process was marred by delays that caused many people to spent sleepless nights waiting for the announcement of the presidential results.

At about 2.00 pm, Issack closed his briefing with the words: I therefore declare Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected fourth president of Kenya.

Minutes later, Uhuru arrived at the Bomas of Kenya in the company of his wife Margaret Gakuo where he received his certificate.

He is expected to make his acceptance speech at the Catholic University later today, and be sworn in as the 4th president of the republic of Kenya on March 26.

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