Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenya presidential election

(EBC; August 12, 2017) - 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.

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 the 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.

Source: Al Jazeera