United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate for Mombasa gubernatorial seat Hassan Omar is the most preferred candidate, commanding 42.4 per cent of locals support. This is according to the latest survey projected by Mizani Africa.
Azimio – One Kenya coalition candidate and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir comes second with 40.5 per cent.
Mizani Africa’s poll released today, 2nd August, with less than six days remaining to the county contest, indicated that 10.6 per cent of electorates embrace William Kingi’s candidature while 4.9 per cent of the voters still remains undecided.
The survey also showed that 1.6 per cent of Mombasa residents failed to unveil their preferred choice for the county apex seat.
The poll comes hours after the former embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko defected from Raila’s led Azimio – One Kenya coalition to deputy president William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
On Monday, the flamboyant city based politician endorsed UDa candidate Hassan Omar as the suitable candidate to replace the outgoing governor Ali Hassan Joho.
Sonko’s decision to jump from Azimio ship to Kenya Kwanza follows the ruling by the supreme to uphold the impeachment case against him, thus Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failing to gazette his name among the contenders for Mombasa seat.
Two weeks ago, the electoral commission had cleared Sonko after the High Court ruled quashed the Impeachment case seeking to compel the court to disqualify Sonko from contesting for Mombasa seat.
“The main ground as to why the High Court allowed your registration as a candidate was the presence of the appeal in the Supreme Court,” a letter by IEBC stated in part.
IEBC later revoked Sonko’s clearance certificate following the supreme court decision to uphold Sonko’s impeachment, which happened in December, 2020.
Wiper party failed to challenge the commission to gazette Sonko’s running mate, Ali Mbogo deputized by Sonko for Mombasa race.