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Kenyan MPs debate motion to regulate pollsters

Wednesday May 11 2011


MPs began debate on a motion that seeks to have the government regulate opinion polls in Kenya.

Moved by Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, the motion seeks a framework that includes an Opinion Polls Control Board whose objective will be to regulate how opinion polls are conducted.

He said that as the country is headed to an election year, it was important to regulate how opinion polls were carried out to guard against propaganda and misinformation”.

“We want to ensure all opinion polls conducted in Kenya adhere to the rule of law. They must be conducted in a way that will show clearly the scientific method used,’’ he said.

Seconding the motion, Naivasha MP John Mututho (Kanu) dismissed most of opinion polls, arguing they were mainly done in favour of certain individuals.

But Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba (ODM) said the motion could be seen as an attempt to limit a constitutional right.