, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – “After two hotly contested elections, one that saw former President Mwai Kibaki re-elected, and another that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta take over the presidency under the new Constitution, Kenyans are smarter and will accept the results no matter the outcome.”
This is according to Angela Ambitho, the CEO and Founder of Infotrak, who was speaking during the release of Infotrak’s report on elections, peace, security and cohesion.
The survey finds that that 89.1 percent of Kenyans are willing to accept the election results, no matter the outcome, regardless of who wins. It also finds that 93.6 percent of Kenyans reveal that communities within their localities are living harmoniously and cohesively.
A majority of Kenyans – 71.1 percent – believe also that the government has put adequate measures to ensure that there will be adequate measures to ensure that there will be enough security before, during and after elections.
Additionally, 71.7 percent of Kenyans believe that security agencies are well prepared to handle any outcome in the general elections.
The consulting company also delves into what could trigger election-related violence.
According to the study, national politics take the lead at 49.4 percent, followed by county and constituency politics.
“Kenyans care more about the presidential level than they do about other levels.”
The results of the MCA seat, one which was often looked down upon, could also trigger violence. According to Ambitho, the seat has in the recent past drawn interest especially because of the powers bestowed upon those elected.
“The presidential, gubernatorial and the MCA seats are the ones we noted to attract a lot of interest.”
Nyanza, Eastern and Central regions are regions where national politics could trigger violence at 63.1 percent, 52.1 percent and 50.2 percent.
Nairobi, Central and Western are on the other hand regions were county and constituency politics could result to violence at 24.8 percent, 23.5 percent and 20.2 percent.