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NEWS23 March 2012

Kenyan pollsters demand say on proposed regulations

Government Middle East and Africa

KENYA— Pollsters Ipsos and Infotrak Harris say they should be consulted on a bill that would see the opinion polling industry regulated.

Kenyan newspaper The Daily Nation reports that the industry has not been asked to contribute to discussions about regulating the industry, as MPs prepare to debate the proposed bill.

Infotrak’s Angela Ambitho said: “Pollsters were not involved in drafting this legislation.” The changes to the law were proposed by MP Boni Khalwale, who claimed that electoral polls are being abused to mislead voters.

Last year vice president Kalonzo Musyoka accused the country’s pollsters of contributing to post-election violence in 2007 and 2008, in which hundreds of people were killed.