The presidential debates to be held next month will only include candidates with more than five per cent national following.

This means that it’s likely that only Jubilee’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila Odinga will face each other during the debate, following the Ipsos poll released late last month.

“Candidates with less than 5 per cent popular support showing in opinion polls will take part in separate single debates to be conducted on the same dates,” a statement from the organisers stated.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga might be the only presidential candidates to take part in the presidential debate. Photo: The Star.co.ke

The first presidential debate is to take place on July 10 with the second on July 24. The running mates will also debate on July 17. The debates are organised by a consortium of Kenya Media organisations, called Debates Media ltd.

The themes of the debates will be announced a week before the debate to give debaters adequate time to prepare.

“Presidential campaign teams will be issued with information on the general areas to be covered by the debate, but the specific questions will not be disclosed,” the organisers added.

Some of the rules of engagement include remaining respectful and civil; no use of insults or derogatory language in the debate.

Moderators are yet to be selected.