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60% of Kenyans don't want Raila to contest 2017 elections

30 May 2015, 18:21 William Korir

Nairobi - 33% of Kenyans do not want CORD leader Raila Odinga to contest the 2017 Presidential Elections.

In a survey done by pollster Ipsos Synovate, the 33% thought that it would not be a good reason for Raila to contest the elections come 2017 an should instead retire.

Another 27% thought that Raila should continue to be active politically but should not contest the elections come 2017.

34% on their part, thought that Raila should contest the 2017 elections.

" Among all respondents, one third are of the view that Raila should indeed retire from politics completely with a statistically identical proportion (34%) holding the opposite view: that he should remain active and even contest the next presidential election should he desire to do so (and receive his party’s/coalition’s nomination, of course)," Ipsos said in a statement.

Talk of whether the CORD leader should contest the next polls has been rife, with political folk from both the ruling Jubilee coalition and their CORD counterparts having a say on the matter.

Raila himself has been equivocal that he will run for the presidency on a CORD ticket come 2017.

" I will contest for the 2017 General Election, that is a fact," he said back in March.

Detractors claim that Raila is too old to contest the elections and should let the younger folk do so instead.

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