Following the ruling, Mr Ruto,55, who has been serving as the deputy president said that he would extend a hand of friendship to his political opponents, and praised the judiciary and the electoral commission for upholding the will of the country’s people.
Ruto will be serving as Kenya’s fifth President after Independence.
Kenya’s Presidential elections in Kenya took place on 9th August 2022.
Results from Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indicated that Ruto won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who secured 48.85 of votes. The latter was contesting his fifth election.
Raila Odinga and his supporters contested election results citing fraud and filed a petition to the Supreme Court. However, the court has dismissed the eight petitions challenging the elections, putting an end to a protracted election dispute that started after polls closed in August.
According to reports, the court found that some petitions were based on forged documents and "sensational information", Chief Justice Martha Koome said in a unanimous decision on behalf of the seven judges.
She added that no credible evidence that the electronic voting transmission system had been tampered with.