What Will Happen in Kenya In-case of a Run-off

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After the votes are tallied by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Kenyans expect to either have a new President or the incumbent Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta retains the seat for a second term.

However, if none of the eight Presidential Candidates meets the threshold to become Kenya’s 5th President, the country will head to a run-off.

A Run-off is a final election that occurs when an initial one does not produce a winner.

According to the Elections Act, a candidate will be declared the Head of State if the candidate garners more than half of all the votes cast in the election and at least twenty-five per cent of the votes cast in each of more than half of the counties.

What Happens Next?

A run-off will be held 30 days after the previous elections.

Persons eligible to participate in this fresh election will be the candidate, or the candidates, who received the greatest number of votes and the candidate, or the candidates, who received the second greatest number of votes.

The one who has the highest number of votes after the second round will be declared the President.

Political pundits have opined that the 2017 elections is a two-horse race between President Kenyatta and NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga.

Both parties have expressed confidence in winning the polls during the first round.

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