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Infotrak: Buzeki ahead of Mandago in Uasin Gishu race

The study by Infotrak released Friday morning showed that Buzeki who is vying as an independent candidate had surpassed Mandago who campaigning on a Jubilee ticket who has 42.1 per cent popularity/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – A new survey has put Uasin Gishu gubernatorial candidate Bundotich Kiprop popularly known as Buzeki ahead of incumbent Jackson Mandago with 54.2 per cent popularity.

Releasing the Infotrak Research and Consulting study Friday, Mary Mburu said the survey showed that Buzeki who is vying as an independent candidate had surpassed Mandago (Jubilee) who has 42.1 per cent popularity.

In Mombasa, Ali Hassan Joho of ODM is leading with 63 per cent, followed by Suleiman Shahbal of Jubilee who has 15.3 per cent, while Hassan Omar of Wiper comes third at 4.8 per cent.

In Kakamega County, the Governor Wycliffe Oparanya of ODM is leading with 68.3 per cent, with incumbent Senator now vying for the gubernatorial seat, Boni Khalwale of Ford-K coming a distant 13.1 per cent.

The poll also studied the senatorial and the Woman Representative positions in the three counties where it indicated that Mombasa and Kakamega accounted for at least half of undecided voters with Uasin Gishu voters showing their decisiveness on the leaders they intend to elect come the August 8 General Election.

For the senatorial position, Margaret Jepkoech Kamar of the Jubilee Party is leading with 59.2pc, Robert Arap Kemei an independent candidate at a distant second 15.9pc.

For the Woman Representative post Gladys Boss Shollei vying on a Jubilee ticket leads with 69.3pc, with Raek Chebichii Lelei coming in at 8.3pc.

“The case is slightly different for Uasin Gishu compared to the other two counties in that for the gubernatorial, senatorial and Woman Rep with only 3.7pc are said to be undecided,” said Mburu.

For the senatorial post in Mombasa, only 20pc would vote in Faki Mohammed vying on an ODM ticket, followed by Hazel Katana of Jubilee party at 4.8pc and Hamisi Mwaguya an independent candidate at 2.9pc.

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For the Woman Rep post Asha Mohamed Hussein of ODM garnered 24.3pc, Amina Abdalla of Jubilee followed with 8.5pc and Zamzam Mohamed of Wiper with 2.8pc.

Undecided voters accounted for 62.5pc and 57.2pc for both posts respectively in Mombasa.
For the Senatorial contest in Kakamega County, 27.4pc of those interviewed said that they would vote in Seth Panyako of ODM, Cleophas Wakhungu of ANC came in second with 10.6pc and Stanley Livondo of Jubilee at 7pc.
For the Woman Representative contest, 34.3pc said they would vote for Elsie Muhanda of ODM, 13.3pc for Pamela Nyagala of ANC and Mercy Luseno of Jubilee at 1.9pc.

The tally showed that 49.5pc and 44.4pc are yet to decide on who to vote for.

Infotrak attributed the lack of popularity for both the Senatorial and Woman Rep posts to the loss suffered by incumbent leaders during the nominations thus leaving them undecided on whom to vote for.

“We are seeing new faces in the political arena, also an increase of independent candidates. Some of the incumbents now vying for different posts or not at all,” noted Mburu.

“A popularity poll before the nominations showed that the incumbents were very popular but most are now vying for different posts leaving a gap and majority undecided on whom to vote for,” expressed Mburu.

The research company said the gubernatorial, senatorial and women rep candidates have much campaigning to do so as to tap into undecided voters whose number is quite high.

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