If the election for Kajiado East Constituency Member of Parliament was held today, politician David Parseina would have emerged the winner.
In a Straw Poll research sponsored by Kajiado News Update on Friday and Saturday, 247 people sampled to participate in the exercise gave Parseina of Wiper Democratic Movement 38.06 per cent of their votes.
Four politicians among them Parseina, Douglas Keton, Mary Seneta of Jubilee Party, and Kakuta Maimai of ODM were tested in the Straw Poll exercise.
Keton trailed second with 30.36 per cent of the votes while Seneta, Jubilee Senate Nominee, received 19.43 per cent. Maimai was last at 12.15 per cent.
Parseina said he believed in the poll as it provides the direction the people of Kajiado East will take in the next election.
“Such polls are good for us because they also bring to fore our weaknesses. We have not started our campaigns and the people who were sampled have the answer already. We need such polls to come up regularly as we move to the 2022 general elections,” said Parseina.
Keton said most of his voters are from the rural areas and do not have smartphones that could allow them to vote.
He, however, said he is pleased with the outcome that saw him trailing behind Parseina.
Keton, who is an employee of the county government, said it is his first time to show interest for the seat and hopes to capture it come 2022.
“Running a campaign for a parliamentary seat is not easy but I intend to come up with a team to manage all my political activities ahead of the coming elections,” Keton said.
When asked why he has started his campaigns early, Keton said he is only familiarising his course with the people of Kajiado East.
“I am going for that seat at whatever cost. It is a high time the people of Kajiado East vote for a focused person to lead them. We have an MP who is serving her second term, and already the voters are tired,” claimed Keton.
Parseina, who will be attempting to capture the seat for the second time after coming third in 2017, said he has now learned the ropes.
“My team is taking this seat. We are determined to turn tables on our competitors when that election comes. I am ready than before,” said Parseina.
The Straw Poll was shared on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Face Book groups and on KNU official FB page. It ran for three days from Friday to Sunday.
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