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Abdulswamad lead race for Mombasa governor seat - poll

MP is ahead of the rest with a 48 per cent approval rating

In Summary
  • Businessman Suleiman Shahbal is Abdullswamad's closes challenger
  • Both Abdullswamad and Shahbal are in Raila Odinga-led Azimio La Umoja and are eying the ODM ticket.
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir interacts with his supporter
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir interacts with his supporter
Image: Abdulswamad Nassir

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sheriff Nassir is the most preferred candidate for the Mombasa governor seat, a poll by Infortrak Research and Consulting has shown.

The poll conducted between March 19-22, puts Abdulswamad ahead of the rest with a 48 per cent approval rating.

His closest challenger businessman Suleiman Shahbal scored 18 per cent followed by former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar (5 per cent) and former Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo (4 per cent).

Both Abdulswamad and Shahbal are in Raila Odinga-led Azimio la Umoja and are eying the ODM ticket.

“Abdulswamad was overwhelmingly supported in his Mvita constituency where 62 per cent of the respondents said they would support his bid,” Johvine Wanyingo, a research manager said.

He also received considerable support in Likoni (53 per cent) followed by Jomvu (49 per cent), Nyali (46 per cent), Changamwe (42 per cent) and Kisauni (40 per cent).

Shabaal got the highest approval in Changamwe (21 per cent) followed by Likoni (19 per cent), Jomvu (18 per cent), Nyali (17 per cent), Kisauni (16 per cent) and Mvita (15 per cent).

The survey,had a sample size of 2400 respondents with a margin error of plus/minus 2 per cent. The poll covered all the 30 wards in the county.

Three hundred and fifty seven of those polled were from Changamwe, Jomvu (287), Kisauni (522), Nyali (430), Likoni (361) and Mvita (433).

The study was sponsored by Haki Africa, a human rights organisation based at the Coast.

Mohamed Faki, the current senator leads with 21 per cent as the candidate who is the most popular in the senatorial seat.

He was followed by Hamisi Mwaguya at 5 per cent, Mohamed Abbas (2 per cent), Hisham Mwidau (2 per cent), Faris Rubea (1 per cent) and Abdalla Said (1 per cent).

There was  a high number of undecided voters in the senatorial candidate position it stood at 66 per cent.

Asha Husein Mohamed is the most popular Woman Representative  candidate in Mombasa with 17 percent followed with Zamzam Mohamed (10 per cent), Fatma Bakari (5 per cent), Rose Achieng (2 per cent) and Dorothy Nyakio (1 percent).

The number of undecided voters for the women representative race stood at 58 per cent.

The study said respondents named unemployment as their main issue of concern with 28 per cent listing it at the top followed by cost of living (18 per cent), access to clean water (13 per cent) and insecurity and crime (7 per cent).

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

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