Factors that will influence election outcome in Mombasa

Political parties, resources and influence are the key factors which will determine the election results in Mombasa County.

According to political analysts, most of the political aspirants are busy seeking resources and endorsements from local political bigwigs.

Some of the political bigwigs who will influence the outcome of the general election in the county include Governor Hassan Joho, Nyali MP Hezron Awiti and Senator Hassan Omar.

Different aspirants in the county are seeking the support of these leaders in order to win seats in the upcoming general election.

Yusuf Abubakar, a renowned political analyst, has said we cannot ignore the ruling party when it comes to the 2017 poll.

He said the Jubilee Party should not be overlooked since President Uhuru Kenyatta’s foot soldiers started campaigns early.

“National politics will play a crucial role at the county and constituency level,” he said, as quoted by The Star.

“If Cord disintegrates due to a presidential flagbearer, Jubilee might clinch more seats in Mombasa and Coast at large,” he added.

He said the parliamentary races in different constituencies will be tough since various candidates have declared to contest.

Prof Hamadi Boga, who is Taita Taveta University College principal, argues that, “It is common sense that a political party that has a huge following and a candidate’s resources will help get leaders elected.” 

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