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Kenya Elections Update
12th March, 2013,
KENYA GETS NEW PRESIDENT – ELECT
The long awaited election tallying process finally came to an end on Saturday the 9th of March, 2013. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had resorted to manual counting after the electronic system used earlier posed a challenge.
Kenya’s President Elect
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) made the final official announcement of the results from the National tallying Centre at Bomas of Kenya. Mr. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was declared winner after reaching the required 50% +1 of the total votes cast.
US Secretary of state John Kerry, the EU and Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan were among the first to congratulate Kenyans for voting peacefully urging that they were keen to see the will of the Kenyan people expressed freely and fairly.
Mr. Raila Odinga, the outgoing Prime Minister who was the CORD Alliance flag bearer for the presidential race and runners up at the election has however disputed the election results. In a press conference held immediately after the results were officially announced, he indicated that he would be challenging the results in court and the CORD lawyers are expected to file the petition within 7 days from the date the results were made.
The presidential election petition must receive a ruling within 14 days thus no prolonged anxiety on the same is envisaged and this does not interfere in any way with government operations. The official date set for the inauguration of the new president was to take place on the 26thof March, 2013 in the absence of any election petition.
Many Kenyans joined peaceful celebration demonstrations held across key towns in the country. These lasted for the better part of the day on Saturday. There have been no incidents reported during the election week.