Kenya will have to battle it out with Djibouti for another round of voting after the first round ended with inadequate votes for Nairobi to clinch the UN Security Council seat.
In the initial round, Nairobi garnered 113 votes over 78 votes for Djibouti. Despite Kenya’s commanding lead, the guidelines of the polls dictate at least two thirds of the entitled UN member states voting to be declared a winner.
The elections which were held yesterday started at 4 pm with a total of 192 out of 193 member states taking part. Venezuela was the only country that was prevented from taking part as a result of membership arrears to the UN.
This means that Kenya needs to put in extra effort in trying to shore up new votes from the member states. Djibouti had rejected AU’s decision to support Kenya and hence, went ahead to conduct parallel campaigns for the single seat assigned to Kenya.
As UN’s most powerful organ, the Security Council is mandated with maintaining global peace and security. As such all UN member states must obey its decisions.
If Kenya wins in the second round, it will join the 10 non-permanent states, who often work together with the permanent five (Russia, China, UK, US, France) to pass resolutions touching on global peace and security.