Raila Odinga, a candidate for president in the Azimio party, was duped by surveys that had him ahead of William Ruto, the vice president.
Several polls conducted months before the election on August 9 indicate that Raila will succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
A poll conducted by Infotrak’s Angela Ambitho just days before the election predicted that Azimio la Umoja, the candidate for president, would win the election in round one with 52% of the vote. It was anticipated that DP Ruto would receive 45%.
Additionally, according to the pollster, Raila was ranked first in more than 24 counties, whereas Ruto was first in only 17 of those same counties.
However, Tom Wolf’s TIFA survey predicted that Raila would win the president with a 53% margin of victory. With 45%, Ruto placed second.
This wasn’t the case, though, as Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), declared the DP the winner and Raila the winner-elect.
Notably, just one significant polling organization had Raila ahead of Ruto before the elections. The DP defeated Raila in two surveys conducted by Intel Research Solutions (IRS).
An August 1 poll by IRS predicted that Ruto would win with 50.5% of the vote. At 42.7%, the former premier came in second.