Kenyatta’s presidential candidate ,Uhuru Kenyatta is now slightly ahead of Raila Odinga, according to the latest opinion poll by Ipsos Synovate,The Star reports
The poll in the 2013 Kenya Election interviewed 5,971 registered voters face to face between February 15 and 19, with Ipsos Synovate being the funder.
Uhuru and his running mate William Ruto with 44.8 percent support are now leading Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka who have 44.4 percent. Synovate yesterday said that is “statistically a dead heat.”
Musalia Mudavadi of Amani coalition is third with 5.2 percent, Peter Kenneth of Eagle 1.6 percent, Martha Karua 0.8 percent, Mohammed Abduba Dida 0.2 percent and James ole Kiyiapi of Build and Restore Kenya 0.1 percent. Only 2 percent remain undecided with eight days remaining to the election on March 4.
Releasing the poll yesterday, Ipsos Synovate analyst Tom Wolf said a run-off was likely. The second round is presently scheduled for April 11 which coincides with the start of the trials of Uhuru and Ruto in the Hague. The opinion polls however indicate that Raila will have an advantage in the second round.
Meanwhile Uhuru Kenyatta may not participate in the second debate, he accuses the moderators of being biased over charges he is facing at the International Criminal Court.
Kenyan voters will go to polls on 4 March in the first general election since the disputed contest of December 2007 unexpectedly exploded into violence.
During the elections Kenyans will choose a president, members of parliament and senators, county governors and members of the newly formed county assembly.