Nairobi — Opinion poll companies in the country have until Thursday next week to release their last findings on electoral seats being contested in the August general election.
This is so that they can be in compliance with The Publication of Electoral Opinion Polls Act which was signed into law by The Late President Mwai Kibaki in 2012 after Parliament passed a Private Member Bill initiated by former Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale.
Clause 7 (1) of the Act states that a person shall not publish the results of any electoral opinion poll on the day of the election or during the period of five days immediately preceding the date of an election.
This means no more opinion polls will be published until after the August 9 elections as the law bars their release five days before the election.
A person who will be found guilty of contravening the clause under the Act shall be found liable to a fine not exceeding one million shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or to both.