The credibility of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the ballot scandal were the big issues of concern among Kenyans on Twitter this past week.
But others felt that the National Super Alliance presidential cnadidate Raila Odinga is out to create fear and uncertainty about the election. @jimmyef7 said: “Raila Odinga is creating political unrest with this ballot paper row! Am sure IEBC had done due diligence before awarding the tender.”
From June 9 – June 15 tweets referring to Jubilee were double (42,014) the ones that mentioned Nasa (22,647), just like the previous three weeks.
In keeping with last week’s trend, corruption led the conversation with one in four tweets focusing on the issue. Education was on the mind of 17 per cent while the economy came in third 16 per cent of the tweets
Jubilee’s peak day was June 12. Conversations were driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s address at the State Lodge in Eldoret about the IEBC National Elections Conference, where he promised to concede defeat if he lost the August 8 presidential election and urged all other contestants to do the same, an analysis of Twitter data by Nation Newsplex and @Twitter reveals.
@makaumutua reacting to the president’s speech tweeted: “Why does @UKenyatta say he'll CONCEDE DEFEAT if he LOSES? It's not his CHOICE. Accepting verdict of voters is the LAW, not act of CHARITY.” The tweet sparked a lot of mixed reactions, with 1,266 retweets, 1,318 likes and 234 replies.
@BethuelMwangi said: “Heartfelt excellent moving speech! Our beloved nation must be first before all others# peace reign.”
Jubilee’s peak hour that day was 11am, with the trending hashtags being #MbeenikuseonaJubilee and #UkambaniSupportsUhuru, which were started to show support for the Jubilee Party in Ukambani.
The hastags were created a day after the National Assembly Minority Leader and WIPER Party member Francis Nyenze reportedly backed Uhuru for re-election during a National Youth Service function in his constituency.
The President and Deputy President commenced their tour of Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties on this day, June 11.