Today, 15th August 2022, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati announced United Democratic Movement (UDA) presidential candidate Dr William Ruto as the 5th President Elect of Republic of Kenya. Mr Chebukati announced the results at the Bomas of Kenya. The new president elect garned 7,176,141 votes which is equivalent to 50.49%. He was followed by The Azimio La Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga with 6,942,390 votes equivalent to 48.85%. Roots party presidential candidate Professor Wajackoyah came third with 61,969 votes ( 0.44%) and the last was Angano party presidential candidate Waihiga Mwaura 0.23%.
As per the Kenyan Constitution 2010, the new president elect will be sworn after 14 days since the day of announcement. However, the question is what next for the Azimio La Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga? For this case, Raila Odinga has only the following two options.
The one option is accepting the defeat. If Azimio La Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga accepts the presidential results, definitely H. E William Ruto will be officially sworn in after 14 days. The swearing in ceremony should be within Nairobi.
Option two for Raila Odinga is filing a petition at the Supreme Court. After filing the petition, Supreme Court will either nullify the election or rules in favor of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) basing on the evidence produced. If the Supreme Court declares the presidential results null and void, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct a free and fair elections after 60 days.
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