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International Media Praise August 9 Election as ‘Most Transparent’

President-elect William Ruto and IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati PHOTO/COURTESY

A section of international media has praised Kenya’s August 9 General Elections as one of the most transparent elections.

The presidential election was the most watched election with William Ruto who was eventually declared the winner battling it out with his main rival Raila Odinga.

New York Times and BBC are among international media houses that has commended Kenya on how it conducted the election.

In an article on its website, New York says that the election was more transparent than in most European countries.

It adds that the Kenyan election was way more transparent than the US election system, further wondering about the Supreme Court petition despite the transparency of the election.

In the other hand, BBC scrutinized claims made in the presidential petition and even called called agents from areas that votes were reportedly deducted from Raila and given to Ruto.

In their report, BBC said it found all the claims to be untrue.

Ruto who contested for the country’s top seat under a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket was declared winner of the presidential election on Monday, August 15.

He was handed the election certificate by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya.

Ruto emerged victorious after garnering 7,176,141 votes; 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.

On the other hand, Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga got 6,942,930 which is 48.88 per cent of the total votes cast.

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Raila Odinga following the presidential petition at the Supreme Court PHOTO/COURTESY

Before the announcement, Odinga’s Chief Agent Saitabao Ole Kanchory has rejected the presidential election results.

Speaking with journalists at the Bomas of Kenya, Kanchory claimed that the IEBC system was compromised by hackers.

He also claimed that some IEBC officials were involved in the same, which he said amounts to electoral offences.

“IEBC’s system was penetrated and hacked. Some IEBC officials committed electoral offences. We have information

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“We were not able to ask our party leader to come before we verify the results, which we have been unable to do. I had earlier stated that Bomas was a crime scene,” Kanchory said.

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