#KenyaDecides: President Uhuru vows to hand over power if defeated



Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to hand over power peacefully should he be defeated in the upcoming elections.

Kenya is due to hold its general election on August 8, with President Uhuru seeking a second and final mandate.

In a Q&A session he conducted on Facebook, the 55-year-old gave assurances that he would hand over power should he lose, but made it clear that his main opponent Raila Odinga would have to defeat him first.

“Raila has to defeat me first, but I intend to defeat him,” a smiling Uhuru said.

“I have done in the past. Will do in the future – accept the will of the people,” he added. “I am busy campaigning with the hope that my fellow Kenyans will give me an opportunity to continue with the good job that we have already started. But also, as I have said severally, if the will of the people is that another should be given the opportunity to continue, I will do everything in my power to ensure a smooth transition.”

The presidential race has attracted a total of eight candidates, though pollsters predict a tight race between President Uhuru and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

President Uhuru will be in the running for a third time while his main challenger Raila Odinga will be running for a fourth time.

While Uhuru was successful in his 2013 bid, Raila is yet to taste victory in the presidential vote, coming closest in 2007, when he and many observers maintained that he secured the most votes even as Kibaki was declared the winner.

The East African country has a population of about 46 million people, with more than 19.6 million registered voters.

The president of Kenya is elected through a two-round system. For a candidate to win in the first round, they are required to obtain a 50% + 1 votes, as well as 25% of the votes in at least 24 of the 47 counties.

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