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Poll results no harm to CORD's Okoa Kenya

16 October 2014, 11:08 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leaders are not flustered by opinion by opinion polls that suggest the Okoa Kenya referendum is unpopular with Kenyans.

The latest opinion polls Wednesday showed that the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign is still largely unpopular with Kenyans, having only picked up a less than impressive 38% rating.

The Ipsos Synovate poll on the other hand showed the Pesa Mashinani campaign fronted by Governors at 54% popularity.

And with an earlier poll stating the same, it would suggest to CORD leaders that there is a problem on the cards.

But they are not in any way downcast, instead they are focusing on fine-tuning their referendum document.

" This is not in any way a suggestion that there is a problem with the referendum. It is fine and we are on course", Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar said.

" We will have all the 1 million signatures ready by the end of the year and that is all that we are focusing on. The rest are just sideshows that are avoidable", he commented on the current situation on the referendum.

It has also been suggested that the Pesa Mashinani and Okoa Kenya campaigns be merged but that has been ruled out by Governors.

" We want some things that are the same but largely, they want other things that are not on our roster, so it will be difficult to see us working together, Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto said.

The admission is that CORD's Okoa Kenya is more of a political process, a point agreed to by political analyst Michael Njenga.

" The CORD one is complex because it demands so much as compared to Pesa Mashinani which only focuses on devolution. The fact that they could end up together will only make the Pesa Mashinani one unpopular", he said.

" The popularity of the Governors campaign is down to the fact that they are asking for something simplistic in a certain manner. The CORD one is easily interpreted or misinterpreted as a political process, thus harder to sell", he quips.

The Okoa Kenya referendum campaign is currently in the public participation phase, as said by team leader Paul Mwangi.

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