Nairobi, Kenya – Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election amid allegations of voting fraud by the opposition.
According to official figures released by the country’s electoral commission on Friday, the incumbent secured 54.27 percent of the ballots cast, while his rival, Raila Odinga, won 44.74 percent.
With Kenyatta receiving more than 50 percent of the votes, he will not be forced into a second round of voting.
The winner is also required to get 25 percent of the votes of at least half of all 47 counties to avoid a runoff.
“It’s been a long wait for the last couple of days. But we were determined that we would be patient and wait for the final result, as indeed have now been declared,” Kenyatta said following the announcement.
“We shall continue with the work that we have started…Kenyans want us to succeed.”
More than 15 million people cast their ballots, representing 78 percent of the registered voters.
“Countries around the world have been watching us closely,” Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Electoral Commission chairman, declared.
Chebukati said that he was “confident” that the manner he election was conducted was “fair and credible”.
The announcement of the results was delayed for hours after election officials had said they needed time to review documents from some polling districts.
Shortly before the results were announced, opposition members said they would 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.
Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from an opposition stronghold of Nairobi, said opposition supporters had taken to the streets as soon as the results were announced.
“They were shouting, and we could see things were set on fire,” she said.
“There was a heavy police presence, and a police helicopter was circling the area. The protesters were very angry. They said their victory was stolen.”
On Wednesday, Odinga – a long time rival of Kenyatta who was running for the presidency for the fourth time – rejected the results of Tuesday’s election.
He claimed the country’s electronic voting system had been hacked and the results were doctored.