Kenyan general election, 2017

Kenyan presidential election, 2017
Kenya
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19,743,716 registered voters
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
Percentage 54.27% 44.74%

President before election

Uhuru Kenyatta
Jubilee

President Elect

Uhuru Kenyatta
Jubilee

General elections were held in Kenya on 8 August 2017 to elect the President, members of Parliament and devolved governments. [1] Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was returned to office with 54% of the vote, a result his main opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to accept.

Background

The Kenyan Constitution requires there to be a general election on the second Tuesday in August in every fifth year. [2] 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. [3] Opponents of the election date change have argued for protecting the constitutional provision and that any change would be mired by legal challenges and may drag on to the next elections and still require a referendum to decide, putting the country's stability at risk. [3]

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 was Kenyan, called for calm and acceptance of the election results. [4] The intervention was noted by the media as unprecedented. [4]