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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Kenyan General Election Tuesday August 08,2017

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The 2017 Kenyan General Election is sscheduled to be held on Tuesday Aug 08,2017 to elect the President,Members of Parliament  (Senate and National Assembly) and county governors and member of county assembly (MCAs)

The Kenyan Constitution requires there to be a general election on the second Tuesday in August in every fifth year.

Electoral System

The President of Kenya is elected using a modified version of the two-round system: to win in the first round, a candidate must receive over 50% of the vote and 25% of the vote in at least 24 counties

The 337 members of the National Assembly are elected by two methods; 290 are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting

The remaining 47 are reserved for women, and are elected from single-member constituencies based on the 47 counties, also using the first-past-the-post system

The 67 members of the Senate are elected by four methods; 47 are elected in single-member constituencies based on the counties by first-past-the-post voting. Parties are then assigned a share of 16 seats for women, two for youth and two for disabled people based on their seat share

Kenya's Election in Numbers

  • Six separate ballot papers: For president, national assembly, female representatives, governors, senate and county assemblies
  • 47 parliamentary seats and 16 senate seats reserved for women
  • Eight presidential candidates: President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are favourites
  • Kenyatta beat Odinga in 2013 - their fathers were also political rivals in the 1960s
  • A candidate needs 50% plus one vote for first-round victory
  • More than 14,000 candidates running across the six elections
  • More than 45% of registered voters under 35
  • Some 180,000 security officers on duty nationwide in case of trouble

Presidential Election Result 

Voting passed off largely peacefully and some polling stations remained open after the scheduled 17:00 (14:00 GMT) closing tim

Raw polling data published on the website of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says that with almost 97% of results in, Mr Kenyatta - who is seeking a second term - is leading with about 54.3%, to Mr Odinga's 44.8% share of the vote.
President Uhuru Kenyatta votes in Katundu
Raila Odinga voting
These suggest Mr Kenyatta is heading for a first-round victory.
However, it has been emphasised by the IEBC that these results are preliminary, and have yet to be certified officially.

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