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The Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds William Ruto’s Election Victory

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William Ruto will take office on Tuesday of next week after the Kenyan Supreme Court unanimously affirmed his victory in last month's presidential election on Monday.

At 13:34, CJ Koome made a decision by stating that they affirm the validity of the first respondent's election as President-elect.

William Ruto received 7,176,141 votes or 50.49 percent of all votes cast and was proclaimed the victor by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022. He also received the required minimum of 39 counties at 25%.

Raila Odinga; the leader of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party received 6,942,930 votes or 48% of the total votes cast.

Chief Justice Martha Koome gave a condensed version of the ruling and stated that the petitioners had not established beyond a reasonable doubt that there had been election misconduct that called for the results to be thrown out.

According to article 138.4 of the constitution, it was in their judgement that the declared President-Elect acquired 50% +1 of all the votes cast; the judge decided.

Therefore, they now declare that, in accordance with Article 143 of the Constitution, the 1st Respondent's election as president-elect is legal.

The nine petitions that had been brought before the supreme court to argue that President-elect Ruto's election should have been invalidated were all dismissed as well.

The Constitution calls for President-Elect Ruto to take the oath of office on Tuesday of the following week.

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