Kenya Supreme Court Upholds William Ruto’s Election Win


Kenya’s Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the outcome of the presidential vote, confirming that William Ruto was elected as the fifth president of Kenya. All seven judges agreed on the ruling, Chief Justice Martha Koome said Monday in the capital, Nairobi.

According to Kenya Television Network the petitioners “have not produced enough evidence” that alleged errors and corrections made by the Electoral Commission of Kenya affected the election outcome, she said. “We accordingly dismiss the petitions as having no merit.”

Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja, appealed the election outcome after the country’s electoral commission declared on August 15 that he had received 48.8% of the ballots compared with William Ruto’s 50.48%. Odinga who was Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013, described the results as illegal, saying the proper voter verification process wasn’t followed. He sought a Supreme Court decision that would declare them unconstitutional, null and void.

The President elect still faces a hung parliament because the Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja Coalition has the majority in the National Assembly.