An article claiming that a Judiciary report revealed President-elect William Ruto did not attain the required threshold to win the August 9 Presidential contest is false.
According to the article posted by Facebook user Ochieng Geoffery, Ruto did not attain the Constitutional threshold of 50 per cent plus one of the votes cast.
In his caption, the user claimed that Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga is the one who had attained the threshold of 50 per cent plus one vote.
“Latest reports from Judiciary indicate it’s only Baba Raila Odinga the 5th who attained 50+1! Be ready for Amollo’s Presidency! (sic)” the user captioned the image.
A fact-check by Business Today has found the article to be false as the screenshot was shared days before the Supreme Court Presidential Petition ruling.
The ruling, given on Monday, September 5, 2022, held that Ruto won the Presidency in the August polls, in line with the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“The Court found that the declared President-elect attained 50%+1 of all the votes cast in accordance with Article 138(4) of the Constitution,” the court ruled.
IEBC announced that Ruto received 50.49 per cent of the vote, a total of 7,176,141 votes, defeating Raila who received 6,942,930 votes representing 48.5 per cent of the vote.A total of nine presidential election petitions were filed in the Supreme Court, two of which were struck out for failure to meet the constitutional threshold as set out under Article 140 (1) of the Constitution. The remaining seven petitions were consolidated.
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