22 December 2012

Kenya: Insecurity Is the Main Pre-Election Fear, Survey Shows

Majority of Kenyans, who will not participate in next year's polls, have singled out security as their main concern. In the latest opinion poll conducted by Strategic Research between December 17 and 19, 54.6 per cent of those who did not register as voters said they fear the country will plunge into chaos.

Thirty per cent of the respondents said insecurity is their main concern, with Nairobi topping the list at 84.6 per cent, followed by Central and Nyanza at 59.4 and 55.6 respectively.

Although most of those interviewed confirmed having obtained voters cards, at 93 percent, another seven percent did not have cards, a day before and after the closure of the registration exercise that came to an end on December 18.

For those who will not participate in the elections, 63.5 percent of them said they did not have identity cards, a situation that led to them being locked out of the month-long exercise.

Except for Western province which singled out unemployment as its primary concern, the rest of the regions highlighted security as the biggest threat ahead of the March 4 polls.

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