WATCH LIVE: Uhuru Kenyatta wins 2017 Kenya elections

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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Uhuru Kenyatta retires Raila Odinga

The keenly contested 2017 general elections in Kenya will in few hours be shelved in the history books of the East Africa country.

Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party took a comfortable lead at the close of polls, on Wednesday and has since maintained the lead in almost all the results tallied in the various constituencies.

Primenewsghana can confirm that, after three days of rigorous monitoring of the polls, all indications present a landslide victory for President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, whose father Jomo Kenyatta, was the independent leader. But his main rival Raila Odinga is disputing the results and currently being persuaded to concede defeat.

The provisional results from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya clearly peg  Kenyatta at  8,176,798 representing 54.24% which is in excess of the constitutionally required 50% +1 of the valid votes cast.

Former Prime Minister  Raila Amolo Odinga is said to have amassed 6,765,212 votes representing 44.87% of the valid votes cast, which is not enough to get him to the state house. 

IEBC readies to announce election verdict.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has so far received Form34B from 273 constituencies and is waiting for remaining 17 to finish tallying of presidential results.

Meanwhile, National Super Alliance flag bearer Raila Odinga has arrived at Bomas of Kenya as the electoral body prepares to announce the final presidential results.

There is heavy police presence as President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive at the venue shortly.

 

Credit: primenewsghana.com/ Ghana News