With 17 months to go before Kenya’s next general election, President Uhuru Kenyatta is still the favourite presidential candidate in the country, according to the latest data released by Spectrum Network International.

The data released here Wednesday suggested that should elections be held now, Kenyatta would emerge the winner with 40 per cent of the votes while Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition CORD alliance, would finish a strong second with 32 per cent. They were also the main contenders in the last general election in 2013.

The study carried out by the network was to find out the perceptions of Kenyans on issues such as security in the country, on the Okoa Kenya referendum and also understand the election mood in the country.

Releasing the findings, Spectrum Network International Chief Executive Officer Sam Jim Mwanyasi said economic failures, corruption and insecurity remainsed the major concerns among Kenyans even as they maintained their confidence with the leadership of the ruling Jubilee coalition.

Only 9.0 per cent of the respondents interviewed were completely satisfied with the security situation in the country, a situation heightened by the recent attacks by the al-Shabaab militants on a camp of the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) contingent in the African Union (AU) peace keeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

With barely 17 months left to the next general election, there was clear indication of a tight race between the two major political groupings.

Source: KBC