By Hallygan Agade
An Infotrak opinion poll released Thursday shows that three incumbent governors will retain their seats if polls were carried out today.
The survey shows Council of Governors chairman and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok is ahead of the pack with support of 77.7 per cent, ahead of his Jubilee rival John Munyes, whose popularity stands at 14.3 per cent.
In Bungoma County, Ken Lusaka of Jubilee would beat his rivals if elections were held today, with the poll showing his popularity is at 52.2 per cent.
Hios rivals Wycliffe Wafula is second with 31.9 per cent, Alfred Khangati has 5.2 per cent while Stephen Mutoro has 0.1 per cent.
Governor Martin Wambora, according to the poll, has 48.4 per cent popularity while Lenny Kivuti is second with 26.2 per cent. Infotrak interviewed 600 respondents in Embu.
The survey, funded by Infotrak, was conducted between July 10th and July 15th, with 1,500 respondents being interviewed. It has a margin of error of 2.5.
The senator race, National Super Alliance co-principal Moses Wetang’ula is ahead of his rivals at 58.6 per cent in Bungoma County while Eusebius Mukhwana is second with 8.7 per cent, Bonface Nyongesa (7.8 per cent), David Makali and 5 per cent.
Elsewhere, the Judiciary is on Friday expected to gazette its amended Supreme Court rules for the hearing of a presidential petition as the country gears towards the August polls.
Once gazzeted, the rules will hasten delivery of justice in relation to a presidential petition. According to the constitution the Supreme Court is required to hear and make a determination a presidential petition within 14 days.
Unlike during the 2013 presidential petition, the new rules set aside two days for the parties to be served with the petition and consequently another four days for them to respond.
Thereafter a pre-trial conference will be scheduled on the 8th instead of the 9th day.
Meanwhile, other rules relating to election disputes in the Court of Appeal are expected to be published on Friday too in the Kenya gazette.