NEWS28 May 2012

Kenyan PM blasts proposed polling regulations

Government Middle East and Africa

KENYA— Prime minister Raila Odinga has described proposed government oversight of the country’s polling industry as “unconstitutional” in a speech at the Kenyan Marketing and Social Research Association convention.

Odinga criticised the bill for having been introduced without consultation with key stakeholders, which he said is a requirement of the country’s new constitution. “It is important to consult with every stakeholder before a bill is brought before the house,” he said, according to The Star.

However, Odinga warned that the association should accept and adopt “a proper and credible” framework that would help squeeze unscrupulous pollsters out of business.

The proposed new law – which seeks to regulate the conduct of pollsters and the publishing of poll findings – had been scheduled to be debated in parliament this week but has been pushed back because there were not enough members in the house to either pass or block it.