Supreme Court Validates Ruto as the President-elect

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The Supreme court validates Ruto as the President-elect on Mon, 5 September, following the court upholding the results announced by IEBC chairman, Chebukati.

According to the judgment, Ruto met the constitutional threshold of 50 percent +1 of the total valid votes cast and garnered 25 percent of the votes cast in at least 24 counties.

President-elect William Ruto

“The presidential election number E005 of 2022 as consolidated with presidential election petition numbers E001, 2,3,4 7, and 8 of 2022 is hereby dismissed,” Koome stated.

“As a consequence, we declare the election of the first respondent as president-elect to be valid under Article143 of the constitution.”

In addition, the seven-judge bench ruled that IEBC conducted the verification and tallying of the votes before announcing the final results.

“We take the realization that the fact that the fourth, fifth sixth, and seventh respondents actively participated in the verification and tallying exercise from the beginning until just before the declaration of results to nullify an election,” stated the Chief Justice.

The court further threw out allegations by chief petitioner Raila Odinga that the forms 34A on the Commission’s portal were dissimilar to those sent from the polling stations.

According to judges, the postponement of the elections in Kakamega and Mombasa counties, Kitui Rural, Kacheliba Rongai, and Pokot South Constituencies did not cause voter suppression and therefore did not affect the outcome of the presidential race.

The supreme court also ruled that the disparity between the presidential votes and those cast in other elective seats were accounted for with IEBC explaining that prisoners and Kenyans in the diaspora only voted for the head of state.

“IEBC has offered a plausible explanation for the vote differential citing categories of voters who only voted for the president such as voters and Kenyans in the diaspora.

“There was an insignificant number of stray votes, whose combined effects cannot justify the nullification of the election,” the President of the Supreme Court stated.

Therefore, all the irregularities raised by the eight petitioners, whose cases were united into one did not have the magnitude to affect the final result of the vote.

In addition, the apex court agreed with Chebukati and IEBC, declaring that the technology deployed during the exercise met the standards of integrity, verifiability, security, and transparency to guarantee accurate and verifiable results.

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The president-elect will be sworn into office on or before Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

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