Kenya: Kenyatta declared winner in disputed election repeat

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Kenya’s highly disputed election repeat.

For the second time in three months, Kenya held a presidential election – this time one with President Uhuru Kenyatta as the only candidate after opponent Raila Odinga pulled out. Kenyatta went on to win 98 percent of the vote, according to the country’s electoral commission.

Kenyatta wins disputed election repeat

With Kenyatta heading into the election repeat as the only candidate, his victory was never in doubt. However, it’s a win discredited by various political failures, starting with the country’s first election attempt in August. Kenyatta was named the winner of that election, too, but the country’s Supreme Court annulled the result after opponent Raila Odinga contested the vote count.

Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has seen its reputation suffer over the last decade. Election violence and accusations of vote fraud are a regular occurrence and the Supreme Court’s ruling was a major blow to the commission.

Now it has to deal with an election repeat that only managed to generate a 38 percent turnout and voting suspended in four opposition strongholds.

Divisions intensified

Kenya’s political and ethnic divides are a constant source of concern in Kenya – particularly around elections. The country’s failure to hold a successful election at the first time of asking has drawn out a political split that has seen opposition supporters take to the streets in protest.

Raila Odinga has rejected last week’s election repeat, calling for another vote to be held within 90 days.

Foreign diplomats in Nairobi have accused Kenyatta and Odinga fuelling last week’s election violence, calling on both sides to bring an end to the country’s political crisis.

Featured image: By Amanda Lucidon (Uhuru Kenyatta photograph) / World Economic Forum (Raila Odinga photograph) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/14860312613 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/15237218@N00/3237854563, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62121592

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.