President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya/Photo: AFP
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Photo: AFP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of a controversial re-run of the presidential election.

According to the election commission, Kenyatta won 7,483,895 votes compared to 73,228 for his closest rival Raila Odinga, who had boycotted the vote. Turnout was just 38.84 percent.

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He won 98% of the vote with a turnout at just under 39% – less than half that recorded in August’s vote.

The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it.

Kenyatta was also declared the winner in the August vote, which was annulled because of “irregularities”.

The re-run was suspended in 25 constituencies amid security fears. The commission said those results would not affect the final outcome so it would proceed with its announcement.

Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati described the latest vote as “free, fair and credible”.

Kenya’s opposition now has seven days to mount a legal challenge, and Odinga says he will make an announcement on Tuesday.