Democracy in Kenya

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Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

4 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Partly Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

5.11 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

=95

Polity IV 2016

Score:

9

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Democracy

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2017
Next Presidential Election 2022
Presidential Term Limits Two, five-year terms
System of appointment to legislature

Lower Chamber: 290 single-seat constituencies, 47 women representatives, 12 represent party strength in the chamber,

Upper Chamber: 47 elected senators and 20 nominated senators

Last Legislative Election

2017

Next Legislative Election

2022

Number of Seats in Legislature Lower: 349

Upper: 67

Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: reserved seats

 

Results

Last presidential election (2017)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round Re-run
Uhuru Kenyatta 54.17 98.26
Raila Odinga* 44.94  0.96
Joseph Nyaga 0.25 0.07
Abduba Dida 0.25 0.19
Ekuru Aukot 0.18 0.28
Japheth Kaluyu 0.08 0.11
Cyrus Jirongo 0.07 0.05
Michael Wainaina 0.06 0.08

* Raila Odinga boycotted the re-run election.

Last legislative election (2017)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
Jubilee Party 49.14 171
Orange Democratic Movement 21.84 76
Wiper Democratic Movement – Kenya 6.61 23
Amani National Congress 4.02 14
Kenya African National Union 2.87 10
FORD–Kenya 3.45 12
Chama Cha Uzalendo 0.29 1
Party of Development and Reforms 1.15 4
Economic Freedom Party 1.44 5
Maendeleo Chap Chap Party 1.15 4
Chama Cha Mashinani 0.57 2
Kenya National Congress 0.57 2
Kenya People’s Party 0.57 2
Peoples Democratic Party 0.57 2
Muungano Party 0.29 1
New Democrats 0.29 1
Party of National Unity 0.29 1
Democratic Party 0.29 1
Frontier Alliance Party 0.29 1
National Agenda Party 0.29 1
Independents 4.02 14

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