Uhuru Kenyatta has been handed the certificate of the results of the March 4 general elections by the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission chairman Isaack Hassan.
At a ceremony held at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi today the IEBC chairman formally declared Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected president of Kenya.
Hassan stated that Uhuru Kenyatta won the election with 6,173,433 of the total votes against his closest rival Raila Odinga who came second with 5,340,546.
Uhuru surpassed the constitutional threshold of 50% plus one votes by 4,100 votes garnering him 50.07 per cent of the votes.
In his speech Hassan declared "the long road to the 2013 election is now drawing to a close" adding that it was a challenge to undertake the election in a single day as the constitution required.
He thanked Kenyans for their patients, trust and confidence in the IEBC which enabled the commission to manage the election.
"Local media deserves special attention for the fair coverage of the elections and in conducting themselves in the most exemplary way in accordance with the election code of conduct" noting that the media showed its support to the commission by launching a go back to work and "#Tunaweswait" (we can wait) campaign during the vote tallying process.
Chief Electoral Officer James Oswago stated "Democracy is about tolerance of diversity, but democracy where it involves competitive policies teaches a lesson on humility" as he cautioned Kenyans to "celebrate mightily" but not too exuberantly.
Oswago said the array of technologies introduced by the commission were meant to deal with the shortcomings of the flawed 2007 election and expressed gratitude to all IEBC staff for their support that helped the commission manage the election in one day.