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What Proportion Of The Vote Cast Does One Need To Become President?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

According to section 48 subsection (3) “No person shall be elected as President on a first ballot unless he or she receives the highest number of votes validly cast at that election.”

In short, a person becomes elected as president by acquiring a simple majority of the votes which may be less than 50 percent of the votes.

In other words, there is no need for a second round of voting unless there is equality of votes between the candidates who received the highest number of votes and the candidate who receives the highest number of votes shall be declared to have been duly elected President.

In the case where only one candidate is nominated, he or she shall be declared to have been duly elected President.

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