Kenyans want live House coverage
Story by NATION REPORTER
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
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