News 2008


Kenyans want live House coverage


02. March 2008

As Parliament has been convened on Thursday, a majority of Kenyans believe the time has come for live radio and television coverage of the proceedings in the House.

In a survey commissioned by the Sunday Nation, 78.6% of the respondents said live broadcasts should be allowed, while 21.4% said the timing is not right.

Among those who called for live coverage, 32.2% said it would help listeners and viewers to gauge the quality of debate and give feedback. Another 22.3% said live broadcast would help identify “dormant MPs.”

An additional 17.1% said this would help access to parliamentary proceedings in real time while a further 5.8% said live coverage would help the electorate to know their representatives better.

In the survey, of the respondents who opposed the introduction of live coverage, 50.0% said there is need to wait for the political temperatures to cool down while 19.1% said some debates might be too sensitive to be broadcast.

With a sample size of 2,175, the face-to-face interviews were carried out by the Nation Media Group Research Department in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru and Kakamega.