Uhuru Kenyatta becomes the President of Kenya for the second term. Election commission announced him as the winner with 54 percent vote calling the voting to be credible, fair and peaceful.
Meanwhile, opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged the poll was rigged. His supporters had taken to streets after the voting in protest.
Police in huge number has been deployed in Kenyan capital Nairobi amid fears the protests may go violent and repeat the 2007 election results in which more than 1,000 people were killed and many were displaced too.
The 55-year-old president is the son of the country’s first president after gaining independent from the British rule. He appealed for calm and unity to the people.
Kenyatta said, “Kenya belongs to all of us… Let us shun violence and let us refuse to be used for short-term political gain.”
Earlier, Odinga rejected the provisional results that reveal President Uhuru Kenyatta is leading strongly. It resulted into violence at several parts of Nairobi and Kisumu, his stronghold.
Chief electoral officer of Kenya, Ezra Chiloba, said the IT systems were not compromised as claimed by the opposition to have favored a political party.
The race for the next President of Kenya between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga was very tight. The general and presidential elections were on August 8 to fill about 1,880 positions.
Kenyatta is from the Jubilee party and Odinga from National Super Alliance. Both were the highest profile leaders and have dominated the country’s politics since independence.
Both the leaders had earlier assured their supporters to be winning the election and become the next president. Neither side was prepared to accept the possibility of defeat.