Maina Kageni third in race for Nairobi Woman Rep, poll shows

MAINA KAGENI [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Radio presenter Maina Kageni would come third in the race for Nairobi Woman Representative, had he been listed as a candidate for election, TIFA opinion poll shows.

ODM’s Esther Passaris, according to the poll, is the most popular candidate with 57% approval rating compared to her main rival Jubilee Party’s Rachael Shebesh, who would amass 25% of the votes; and Kageni would come in third position with 1%.

Last month, Maina, in a two-minute video clip, announced that he will be on the ballot on August 8th for the position of Nairobi Woman Rep. However, the Constitution stipulates that the Woman Rep seat is a preserve for women, thus Kageni, by virtue of being male, is technically locked out.

Article 97 of the Constitution on Membership of the National Assembly says, in part: “The National Assembly consists of two hundred and ninety members, each elected by the registered voters of single member constituencies; forty-seven women, each county constituting a single member constituency…”

Besides Passaris and Shebesh, other candidates that will be on the ballot for the seat of Nairobi Woman Rep include Maendeleo Chap Chap’s Nadya Khan and Wiper Democratic Movement Party’s Rahab Ndambuki.

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