Second Ballot Law and Legal Definition

Second ballot refers to an electoral procedure where no candidate emerges as a clear winner in a first ballot, candidates at the bottom of the poll are eliminated and another ballot is held among the remaining candidates Main objective of the Second Ballot system is to increase the chances of a candidate being elected on an absolute majority of the vote. Where more than two candidates are allowed to progress to the second ballot a majority result cannot necessarily be guaranteed but, candidates not performing well in the first ballot will withdraw and throw their support behind a candidate with a better chance of winning.