The contest between Kenya and Djibouti will head to the second round of voting on Thursday after the first phase saw Nairobi’s victory insufficient to win the UN Security Council seat.
In the first round, Nairobi scored 113 votes against Djibouti’s 78.
Although Kenya obviously won the Wednesday election, the rules demand at least two thirds of the votes of eligible UN member states to be declared winner.
192 of the 193 member states participated in the election.
Only Venezuela was barred from casting its ballot as it is still in arrears for its membership in the UN.
The UN Security Council is the most powerful organ of the UN, charged with maintaining global peace and security.
Nairobi, if it wins, would be among the 10 non-permanent members, who often work alongside the permanent five (Russia, China, UK, US, France) to pass resolutions touching on global peace and security.
The elections for non-permanent seats of the Security Council are often routine annual events.
However, Wednesday’s ballot was historic as representatives voted under restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and without the plenary sessions.