IEBC Declares Uhuru Kenyatta Winner of Kenyan Presidential Elections

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The Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) has officially declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2013 Kenyan presidential elections.

The Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) has officially declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the 2013 Kenyan presidential elections.
 
The announcement was made by IEBC chairperson Isaack Hassan before a packed room of local and international media after a six day wait.
 
In declaring Kenyatta's win, Hassan described the results as the beginning of the end of a long road the country has trod.
 
Hassan congratulated Kenyans for turning out in large numbers to vote for their preferred candidates. Hassan noted that of the 14 million Kenyans who registered to vote, more than 12 million had turned up to cast their vote. He said this meant the voter turn out was at a historical high of 86%.
 
James Oswago, the CEO of the electoral body, termed the elections as the most complex yet organised in the country. Oswago said the body strove to learn from the 2007 elections that brought Kenya to the brink of civil war over allegations of vote rigging.
 
Oswago said more than 300,000 polling officials took part in officiating the elections. He said that though the electronic voting system suffered glitches, trained personnel managed to step in and ensure the voting process concluded professionally. He urged Kenyans to celebrate the outcome responsibly.
 
Uhuru Kenyatta clinched the top seat with 6,173,433 votes out of 12,338,667 total votes cast in the March 4 General Election accounting for  50.03 of the vote. Cord leader Raila Odinga came second with 5,340,546. This met the constitutional threshold of 50% plus one for Uhuru.
 
 The swearing in is now set for March 26 if none of the contestants challenges the results in court.
 
Profile Uhuru Kenyatta
 
·         President elect 2013
 
·         Son of Kenya founding President Mzee, Jomo Kenyatta
 
·         Aged 51,born on 26/10/1961
 
·         Groomed into politics by Kenya’s second president, Daniel Arap Moi
 
·         2002: Lost elections to Rainbow coalition  headed by President Mwai Kibaki
 
·         2007: defied odds resigned as opposition leader to support Mwai Kibaki
 
·         2008:  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade as part of the Grand Coalition Cabinet.
 
·         2009: appointed Finance Minister and still Deputy Prime Minister
 
·         2010: Name International Criminal Court Suspect together with his running mate, William Ruto.
 
 
 
 
 
William Samoei Ruto
 
  • ·         Born: 12/12/1966 in Uasin Gishu Kenya
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  • ·         1990s : entered politics
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  • ·         1992: Organising Secretary for Youth for KANU 92 (YK92)
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  • ·         1997-todate: MP Eldoret North Constituency
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  • ·         2002: Assistant minister Office of the President in charge of Home Affairs.
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  • ·         2008: Appointed Minister of Agriculture
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  • ·         2010: Appointed Minister for Higher Education
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  • ·         2010: Declared ICC suspect
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  • ·         2013: Deputy President Kenya