In a repeated election, Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote after an opposition boycott helped lower turnout to 39 percent, the electoral commission said on Monday.
Following this announcement, there have been reports of violence in a few opposition strongholds but also celebrations in pro-Kenyatta areas.
“My victory today is just part of a process that is likely to once again be subjected to a constitutional test through our courts … I will submit to this constitutional path regardless of the outcome,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenya held its presidential elections in August, which resulted in a win for its incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta at the expense of his major opposition and frequent presidential candidate, 72-year-old Raila Odinga. However, the election was annulled by the Supreme Court in September after evidence showed that there had been “irregularities and legalities”. That made it the first time in Africa a court challenge, initiated by an opposition party against a presidential election result, was actually achieved. A re-run election was announced for the 26th of October, 2017.
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