Political alignment for the Laikipia gubernatorial race is taking shape as aspirants jostle to join various political parties as they declare their intentions to vie for the county's top seat. Former governor Joshua Irungu, Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru, Ms Miriam Mwangi and Ms Silvia Museiya have declared interest to contest for the seat. The fact that all the candidates are from the majority farming Kikuyu community, signals the ethnic factor to the contest. Other tribes considered in the minority include Samburu, Turkana, Kalenjin, Pokot and Somali mainly based in Nyahururu town.
To understand voter preference in Laikipia County, Mizani Africa a research firm conducted an opinion survey across three Laikipia Constituencies. These constituencies are Laikipia West, Laikipia East and Laikipia South. The data was collected through questionnaires and the sample size was restricted to 600 participants across the county. Incumbent Governor Ndiritu Muriithi clinched the seat on an independent ticket in 2017. This was after he lost in the Jubilee Party nominations to former governor Joshua Irungu. Muriithi has hinted and revealed that he might seek re-election on a Party of National Unity (PNU) ticket in the 2022 General Elections.
The results from the poll conducted by the research firm revealed that incumbent Governor Ndiritu Mureithi will emerge the winner and get re-elected with 43.2% votes of all participants. Laikipia woman representative Catherine Waruguru came second with 22.7% support. Joshua Irungu, former Laikipia Governor garnered 19.1% while Sam Koinange Mwangi Thuita and JM Mathenge got 7%, 4.3% and 2.2% respectively.
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