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CLAIM: William Ruto has won the Kenyan Presidential Election.

VERDICT: False

CONTEXT: A viral tweet in the early hours of Wednesday, declared a candidate in the 2022 Kenyan Presidential election, Dr. Williams Ruto, as the winner of the keenly contested poll.

The tweet read, “By all the powers vested upon me by Africa’s revolutionary heroes, I hereby declare that based on preliminary tallies of form 34As, Dr. @WilliamsRuto has won Kenya’s Presidential election by 54.5% of all valid votes cast. The lead is insurmountable. Thank you Patriots. Viva!”

Another tweet claimed that “based on an accurate tabulation of all form 34As, @WilliamsRuto has won.” “Patriots must ensure that the NIS agents don’t intercept the physical forms and alter them. All forms must be delivered in OPEN SPACES at BOMAS, displayed and talkies TRANSPARENTLY. Not inside rooms,” the post added.

VERIFICATION: Checks by Daily Trust revealed that more than 99 per cent of results forms had been electronically submitted by polling centres to the commission on Wednesday, but it still must verify them with the physical forms.

It was observed that high-profile supporters of the two leading candidates were tweeting claims of victory, citing counts based on more than 46,000 results forms posted online by the electoral commission.

As a result, human rights groups on Wednesday warned anxious Kenyans over “rising levels of false or misleading information being shared on social media” as the country awaited the results of the presidential election.

Also, Amnesty International Kenya and other groups had in a statement, urged Kenyans to consider all results provisional until the electoral commission announces the official results to reduce the risks of violence or claims of rigging. Although official election results must be announced within a week of the vote, the electoral commission indicated it would be at least Thursday before a winner is declared.

To win the presidential race in the first round, a candidate needs more than half of all the votes cast across the country; and at least 25% of the votes cast in a minimum of 24 counties.

Evidence proves that tallying was still ongoing as of the time of this report. In a confirmation by the electoral commission chair, Wafula Chebukati, a winner will be declared soonest. Therefore, the claim that Williams Ruto has won the Kenyan Presidential election is false and should be disregarded.

WHY WE FACT CHECKED THIS: This fact check was carried out to provide facts to fake news that might reduce trust in public institutions.

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