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May your will be done, Ruto tells God as he closes campaigns
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UDA presidential candidate William Ruto closed his campaign marathon with a prayer for God's will to prevail during Tuesday's elections.

Ruto held his last campaign rally at Kiambu's Kirigiti stadium shortly after holding a mega rally at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

"Our God who art in heaven, we are thankful because you have brought us this far, we have finished our campaigns here at Kirigiti," Ruto said in Swahili.

"We are thankful for our country, we come before you, we have an election on Tuesday August 9 next week, we ask that your will be done in our country," Ruto said.

The DP made a last minute dash to Wilson airport to fly to Kiambu in a bid to beat the 6 pm deadline when all campaigns are supposed to be over as per the election laws.

The Kirigiti rally late evening coincided with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati's statement that officially declared the end of the campaign period.

"Candidates and political parties must desist from engaging in any acts of political campaigns outside this period as this would amount to a breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct," Chebukati said in a statement shortly after 6pm.

Ruto asked God for peaceful elections and for his victory at the polls.

"Give us victory in this election for your own glory. Thank you for bringing us this far, we pray for all Kenyans, for our families and for the outgoing president, give him long life," Ruto said.

Over 22.2 million voters will on Tuesday throng polling stations to elect the president, governors, senators, women representatives, members of the National Assembly and ward representatives.

It will be the seventh general election since introduction of multiparty democracy in Kenya 30 years ago in 1992 through the repeal of Section 2(a) of the Constitution which abolished the single party democracy.