A graphic posted on Facebook appears to show the results of a poll in Kenya’s Laikipia county, ranking those running for governor in the country’s general elections scheduled for August 2022.
Laikipia county is 300 kilometres northwest of the capital Nairobi.
Businessman John Wakaba is third and Mburu Kamau takes the fourth position, while former deputy governor Gitonga Kabugi ranks lowest in the poll.
The graphic also shows that Kenya Kwanza, the coalition of political parties headed by current deputy president William Ruto, is the most popular political coalition in the county. Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, whose presidential flag bearer is Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, comes second.
The third part of the image shows the popularity of the presidential candidates, with Ruto leading in Laikipia West and East and Odinga leading in Laikipia North.
But did Tifa Research really conduct and publish a poll on the candidates’ popularity? We checked.
‘Fake news alert’
The research agency usually releases its findings to the media, but this survey hasn’t been reported.
On 6 May, Tifa Research distanced themselves from the graphic, calling it “fake news” on their official Twitter account.
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