Sunday, May 30, 2010


Seventy eight percent of Kenyans, who intend to vote at the coming August Proposed Constitution referendum, will not be affected by a court ruling that declared kadhi courts illegal.

An opinion poll, Kenyan Voters Perspective On The Proposed New Constitution Of Kenya, released Saturday by Infotrak Harris shows that only 10pc of respondents said the judgement will affect their vote on August 4.
A further 12pc said they were unsure which way to cast their ballot. The poll, conducted between May 24-27 in all eight Kenyan provinces, showed that across all regions, majority of the
respondents reported not being affected by the ruling. On the question whether they agree with the kadhi ruling, 49pc of Kenyans said they did not agree with the judges' decision while 37pc said they were in agreement. 14pc reported indecisiveness.

North Eastern (92pc) and Coast (73pc) provinces recorded the highest incidences in their opposition to the court ruling. Central (49pc) and Western (48pc) gave the most support for the controversial ruling. On Monday, a three-judge bench, sitting as a Constitutional Court, declared the inclusion of the kadhi courts in the constitution illegal saying it favoured one religion over others.