Raila takes votes hunt to Meru as Dida joins race for presidency

The race has so far attracted 8 contestants. The incumbent Uhuru, political analysts say, must brace for a tougher tug in august polls.

 

Raila’s entry in Meru is speculated to result in a big reap owing to the latest reports that a diehard and renowned businessman Paul Kobia, allied to Jubilee Party is rallying residents to decamp to Raila led Orange Democratic Movement, ODM.

According to Mr. Kobia, the Uhuru-led Jubilee administration has ignored the Meru region, five years after election, only to appear to rally residents to register as voters in preparation for the August polls.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday took his voter registration campaign to Marsabit County and votes-rich Tharaka-Nithi County to secure his re-election in the beckoning polls.

Changing figures

Statistics from the pollster Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC released Monday show an early lead in new voter registration in Jubilee strongholds, ahead of the voter August polls. Already over 825, 000 new voters have been registered by IEBC.

According to the 2009 census Meru County has a population of 1,356,301 residents, with IEBC 2013 register showing a tune of 487,265 registered voters. The region has been split into two voting blocs due to the emergence of Kiraitu Murungi and the incumbent Peter Munya. Mr. Murungi is fighting to oust Mr. Munya in the August polls.

Presidential race

Meanwhile, a 2013 presidential aspirant Abduba Dida has thrown his heart into the ring once again to run for the presidency in the August polls. Through what he terms as a third force Mr. Dida will be facing Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party and opposition’s National Super Alliance (NASA), with a new political outfit dubbed Tunza Coalition.

Mr. Dida, has said, Tunza is a composition of Alliance of Real Change Party, Roots Party of Kenya and other political parties.

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