In a close campaign that saw the deficit narrow from a high of 6 percent, William Ruto, the presidential candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), achieved a 2-point advantage against Raila Odinga of Azimio.
According to a preliminary count by the Nation Media Group (NMG), Ruto defeated Odinga by 300,000 votes, with 51.9% of the ballots counted to Odinga's 48.6%.
Out of 23,705 polling places, Ruto received 3.7 million votes, while Raila received 3.4 million.
99 percent (45,894) of the 46,229 polling places in the nation had already submitted Form 34As to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The difference between the two candidates grew as the IEBC increased the estimated voter turnout to 64.6 percent based on voters identified electronically using the Kenya Integrated Election Management System.
A total of 21,102,532 voters were listed on the commission's record, and they were dispersed among polling places that were divided into streams of no more than 700 people.
At the National Tally Centre at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, Wafula Chebukati, the head of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), told reporters that the organization would offer a final turnout figure once the number of voters manually identified is confirmed.
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