NAIROBI, Kenya (NYTIMES) — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the winner of a bitterly disputed Kenya Presidential Election 2017, but his opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to concede defeat, criticizing the vote as a charade and edging the country closer to violence.

Mr. Kenyatta, 55, was re-elected with just over 54 percent of the vote in Kenya Presidential Election 2017, easily surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, according to an announcement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Mr. Odinga, 72, the opposition leader, received 44.7 percent of the vote.

Many in the country were anxious at the possibility of post-election violence, and preliminary results showed Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking another five-year term, leading main challenger Raila Odinga.

Odinga told CNN that he will not believe the final results when they are released, adding that the forms signed by officials at polling stations may have been “manipulated already.”

His opposition party has maintained that the electoral commission’s servers were hacked and the poll rigged in favor of Kenyatta.

Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, rejected the opposition’s evidence of election fraud in a letter released Friday morning, calling it “obviously and plainly falsified.

Kenya Presidential Election 2017 | Results

Candidate Party Votes %
Uhuru Kenyatta Jubilee Party of Kenya 8,203,290 54.27
Raila Odinga National Super Alliance 6,762,334 44.74
Joseph Nyagah Independent 42,259 0.28
Abduba Dida Alliance for Real Change 38,093 0.25
Ekuru Aukot Thirdway Alliance Kenya 27,311 0.18
Japheth Kaluyu Independent 16,482 0.11
Michael Mwaura Independent 13,257 0.09
Cyrus Jirongo United Democratic Party 11,705 0.08
Total 19,611,423 100
Invalid/blank votes  81,685
Valid Vote 15,114,622
Source: IEBC

Kenya Presidential Election 2017 | Results in Details