Kenyan general election, 2017

Kenyan presidential election, August 2017
Kenya
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19,611,423 registered voters [1]
50% + 1 vote (nationally) and 25% in each of at least 24 counties votes needed to win
  Uhuru Kenyatta.jpg Raila Odinga 2009.jpg
Nominee Uhuru Kenyatta Raila Odinga
Party Jubilee ODM
Alliance Jubilee Alliance NASA
Running mate William Ruto Kalonzo Musyoka
Popular vote 8,223,369 6,822,812
Percentage 54.17% 44.94%

President before election

Uhuru Kenyatta
Jubilee

President-elect

None
(Results annulled)

General elections were held in Kenya on 8 August 2017 to elect the President, members of Parliament and devolved governments. [2] The reported results indicated that incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected with 54% of the vote. His main opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to accept the results and contested them in the Supreme Court.

The results of the presidential election were subsequently annulled and fresh elections were ordered to be held within 60 days. [3] It was later announced that a new election would be held on October 17. [4] However, the results of the parliamentary and local elections remained valid. The date for the presidential election was later changed to 26 October 2017. Despite the ruling for a new Presidential election, Odinga later announced his decision to withdraw from the repeat election on October 10. [5]

Background

The Kenyan Constitution requires a general election on the second Tuesday in August in every fifth year. [6] There have been public discussions to move the date from August to December with proponents pointing to fiscal timeline (1 July – 30 June) clashing with an August date because most ministries that support critical election processes will not have been fully funded and that a possible presidential runoff vote may interfere with the national examinations calendar of October and December. [7] Opponents of the election date change have argued for protecting the constitutional provision and that any change would be mired by legal challenges and might drag on to the next elections and still require a referendum to decide, putting the country's stability at risk. [7]

On 7 August 2017, one day before the election, Barack Obama, who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017 and whose father, Barack Obama Sr., was Kenyan, called for calm and acceptance of the election results. [8] The intervention was noted by the media as unprecedented. [8]