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Results of Star newspaper’s opinion poll of governor race in Kenya’s Taita Taveta county? No, graphic fake

A graphic posted on Facebook appears to show the results of an opinion poll for the governorship race in Taita Taveta county in Kenya. 

The county is 330 kilometres to the southeast of Nairobi. 

“If the elections were held today, who would you vote for as governor?” reads the question. 

One graphic was posted on 3 June 2022 and the other on 4 June. Kenya will hold general elections on 9 August.

The rankings show John Mruttu (32%), Danson Mwazo (22%), Andrew Mwadime (21%), Grantone Samboja (15%), Patience Nyange (6%) and others (4%). 

The graphic has the logo of the Star, a Kenyan newspaper, and includes the words “Star Illustrated” and “Radio Africa Group poll”. The Star is owned by Radio Africa Group

The Star usually runs opinion polls on trending topics in Kenya on its website. But did they really publish this infographic on the Taita Taveta gubernatorial race? We checked.


‘We only publish factual infographics’

On 3 June, The Star posted the graphic on its verified Facebook page, stamped “FAKE”.

It wrote: “Please note that this infographic is not from The Star Publications. Treat it as Fake News. At the Star, we only publish credible and factual infographics.”

Africa Check has previously debunked fake polls on election races in other counties of Kenya.

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