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Social Media Erupts in Jubilation as Supreme Court Upholds William Ruto’s Win

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President-elect and Deputy President-elect William Ruto PHOTO/COURTESY

The internet has erupted in jubilation after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld William Ruto’s win as the president-elect.

Ruto’s win was upheld by the Supreme Court in the ruling delivered by Chief Justice Martha Koome on Monday, September 5.

Koome noted that Ruto met the constitutional threshold of 50 per cent +1 of the total valid votes cast and also garnered 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least 24 counties.

“We declare the election of the first respondent as valid. It is our finding that the declared President-elect attained 50 per cent plus one of the of the votes cast in accordance to the Constitution,” Koome noted.

Following the new development, Kenyans online took to social media to congratulate Ruto for the win.

Check out the reactions below.

The Court also addressed a number of issues including claims by the main petitioner, Raila Odinga, that the IEBC system had  been infiltrated.

In the petition, Raila claimed that the system was hacked to allow for original forms 34A to be deleted and replaced with doctored forms.

However, the Supreme Court dismissed the same arguing that IEBC deployed technology in accordance with the law.

The Supreme Court also noted that the Forms 34A uploaded to the IEBC portal and those presented to the National Tallying Center were the same.

“There was no significant difference between the forms 34A posted to the public portal, those presented to the National Tallying Center, and those provided to agents in various polling stations across the country; affidavits were sensational,” Koome added.

Also, the Court finds that there is no evidence that the postponement of the election in Mombasa, Kakamega, Rongai, and five other areas across the country caused voter suppression.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Ruling: William Ruto was Validly Elected

On the verification, tallying, and declaration of results, the Supreme Court found that the IEBC conducted the same in accordance with the provided constitutional law.

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