February 5, Ajibu Consulting Ltd, a Nairobi based Information Technology infrastructure and multiindustry consulting firm serving clients across East Africa, the United States and Europe launched Opinion Yetu,an internet based opinion poll service.
Swahili for our opinion, Opinion Yetu was inspired by the launching of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) API giving developers access to Kenya’s Electoral data.
According to Ajibu Limited the Internet-based opinion poll will allow Kenya’s to participate in public opinion polls for all elective positions, anywhere and anytime. Opinion Yetu will also help Kenyans express their views on the upcoming general elections to most Kenyans.
Stephen Odunga, CTO for Ajibu Consulting Limited said it is a way to solve a problem that has dogged the Kenyan political scene for a long time.
He said, “It’s no secret that Opinion Polls in Kenya have been subject to criticism from both the Wananchi and politicians,” said Odunga, and added, “We found a way to solve a problem that has dogged the Kenya have been subject to criticism from both the Wananchi and politicians.”
This is due to the limited number of people involved in the opinion polls, most of whom are almost ‘invisible’ to the public eye.
According to Odunda “Our method will not include any field work. We are inviting Kenyans from all walks of life who are connected to the internet via web and mobile to express their opinion through this easy yet secure opinion poll.”
He added that users will be allowed to register using their national identification numbers along with their counties of representation and mobile phone numbers. The information that has been linked to the IEBC API will find the authenticity of a participant and
lock out those who have not been registered as voters.
The company says that data from the poll will be used by news media, public affairs groups, institutions, political campaigns, companies and marketing agencies, to show and analyze public opinion. The public is also invited to take part in the poll by visiting the site.
Ajibu also runs professional portals including Biashara.co.ke and Kiongozi.co.ke.