Raila closes gap on Uhuru

The elections would head into a run-off according to the pollsters.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga and and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

If elections were to be held today, the polls will head into a crucial run-off to decide who would be Kenya’s next President.

According to the latest Ipsos poll, Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga has closed the gap between himself and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The research released on Tuesday morning shows Uhuru would garner 47 per cent of the vote against Raila’s 42 per cent.

Eight per cent of the voters are undecided while one per cent said they would boycott the elections.

In terms of party affiliations, 45 per cent of Kenyans feel closest to Jubilee Party while 41 per cent associated themselves closely to the National Super Alliance.

In a poll conducted in January, Uhuru had a rating of 54 per cent to Raila's 32 per cent.

President Uhuru Kenyatta would defeat opposition chief Raila Odinga by 54 per cent to 32 per cent in the first round, a survey indicates.

However, the surveys found that 71 per cent Kenyans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

This is largely attributed to the high inflation rate as well as soaring prices of basic food commodities such as maize flour, sugar and milk.

The research was released a day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared eight presidential candidates to take part in the August Elections.

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