Back to Africa Check

Graphic with poll results for ‘most preferred Mombasa governor aspirant for 2022’ fake – not published by NTV Kenya

A graphic posted on Facebook shows what looks like the results of an opinion poll, claiming to rank those running for governor in Mombasa county in Kenya’s 2022 general elections. 

Mombasa is 480 kilometres southeast of the capital Nairobi, on the Indian Ocean coast. 

The graphic features the logo of NTV Kenya, a Kenyan television station, as though it was published by the station. 

The polling results rank the candidates in the six constituencies in the county – Mvita, Kisauni, Changamwe, Nyali, Likoni and Jomvu. 

It shows Hassan Omar, the candidate for the United Democratic Alliance, leading in four constituencies. Abdulswamad Sherrif Nassir, the candidate for the Orange Democratic Movement, leads in Mvita, and in Changamwe, Mike Sonko is in the lead, the candidate for the Wiper Democratic Movement

According to the graphic, the poll was released on 1 June 2022. It was also published here, here, here, here, here and here

But was the graphic published by NTV Kenya?

We checked.



NTV Kenya posted the graphic on their official Twitter account stamped “FAKE”.

“Please treat this as fake news,” tweeted NTV Kenya. There is no evidence that the poll is in any way accurate.

Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.