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By - Updated Sunday, March 31st 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Wahome Thuku

NAIROBI; KENYA: Mr Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as Kenya’s Fourth President on April 9 after the Supreme Court upheld his election.

The Supreme Court ruled that Uhuru and his running mate in the March 4 presidential vote, William Ruto, were validly elected after garnering 50.07 per cent in the final tally by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The judges also ruled that rejected votes should not have been factored into the final presidential election tally, meaning that Uhuru will have won the election by a wider margin.

The judges dismissed two petitions challenging Uhuru’s election, including one filed by his challenger, Coalition of Reform and Democracy’s candidate Raila Odinga who obtained 43.7 per cent.

Raila disputed the results of the election, which saw Uhuru secure more than 8,000 votes above the constitutional threshold to avoid a run-off vote.

Abide by ruling

After the judgment read by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Raila said he did not entirely agree with the findings but he would abide by the verdict.

The Premier wished the President-elect and his administration well and appealed that Kenyans shouldn’t be divided by the Court’s judgment.

“I wish the President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his team well,” Raila said in an address from the Prime Minister’s Office in Nairobi.

He urged Kenyans to put behind the dispute over the presidential elections and forge ahead in unity.

“The future of Kenya is bright. Let us not allow the elections to divide us. Let us unite our country,” he said. 

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Presidential election was conducted in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner, in compliance with the law; it is the decision of the court that the said polls were indeed conducted in compliance with the Constitution.

— Chief Justice Willy Mutunga