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AFRIK-IT  June 1995

AFRIK-IT June 1995

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LATEST ONLINE AFRICAN NEWS

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Tue, 13 Jun 1995 19:20:03 CDT

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      NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuter) - Kenya's ruling party and the opposition
      Democratic Party (DP) retained a parliamentary seat each in
      by-elections marred by sporadic violence, officials said
      Tuesday.
 
    The Electoral Commission of Kenya said ruling Kenya African
    National Union (KANU) candidate Alphonce Musyoki with 7,970 votes
    won Monday's by-election in Machakos town and incumbent Joseph
    Kiliku of the DP took the Changamwe seat with 4,499.
 
    ``Despite isolated incidents the by-elections were conducted in a
    calm atmosphere,'' said Justice Zachaeus Chesoni, head of the
    electoral commission, adding turnout was low in both polls.
 
    He said the commission deplored the burning of a mini-bus taxi and
    stone-throwing ``but again this shows that parties have done little
    to discipline their supporters.''
 
    ``We hope in future candidates will attract electors by
    concentrating on issues rather than insults of one another which do
    not impress voters,'' Chesoni added.
 
    Kiliku's 1992 victory in the southeastern port of Mombasa was
    nullified on the grounds of irregularities. The Machakos seat fell
    vacant with the death of former energy minister John Kyalo of
    KANU.
 
    The by-elections did not affect KANU's majority control of
    parliament, with 118 seats out of 200, but KANU had been working to
    cut the opposition share in the next general election in 1997.
 
    Conservationist Richard Leakey and supporters are widely expected
    to register a new opposition party Wednesday after angering
    President Daniel arap Moi and KANU by entering politics.
 
    Moi has condemned Leakey, a former director of the Kenya Wildlife
    Service, as a white man committed to reintroducing colonialism to
    Kenya, prompting political analysts to suggest the government is
    deeply concerned at the threat he could pose.
 
 ^REUTER@
 
 
Transmitted: 95-06-13 11:40:55 EDT
      By Foday Fofanah
 
    CONAKRY, June 13 (Reuter) - Foreign election monitors said on
    Tuesday there had been serious organisational flaws in Guinea's
    first multi-party parliamentary poll but they found no evidence of
    organised fraud.
 
    The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in a statement
    released in the capital Conakry the official and army presence in
    some areas during Sunday's poll ``took on an air of intimidation''
    but it saw no sign of any official attempt to influence the
    result.
 
    ``Ultimately there was no deliberate intention to compromise the
    freedom, the sincerity or the transparency of the elections, even
    if in some prefectures like Mandiana, Nzerekore, the presence of
    administrative authorities and soldiers took on an air of
    intimidation,'' the statement said.
 
    It said voting and counting were badly organised and electoral
    officials in the interior were often poorly trained.
 
    ``The ICJ observers found dysfunctions in the organisation of the
    voting, and irregularities in the voting process, the counting and
    the calculating of votes, which were particularly severe in
    Faranah, Kindia and Nzerekore,'' the statement said.
 
    ``They also found that the staff of polling stations did not always
    have the necessary technical competence to carry out their mandate
    properly,'' it added.
 
    According to Guinea's constitution, full results should be
    announced within 48 hours of the vote but only a handful have been
    released so far, showing President Lansana Conte's Party of Unity
    and Progress (PUP) comfortably ahead.
 
    Officials blamed delays on poor roads and communications, distances
    to outlying towns and late voting. Guinea is one of the world's
    poorest countries.
 
    Delays in delivery of election materials meant the opposition
    stronghold of Kerouane in Upper Guinea and the Conakry district of
    Carriere voted on Monday.
 
    The 114-seat parliament will have 38 deputies elected individually
    from the country's different regions and the rest from nationwide
    party lists.
 
    Officials said turnout for Sunday's poll was low but no figure was
    immediately available.
 
    Years as a Marxist one-party state under Guinea's first leader
    Ahmed Sekou Toure were followed by military rule under Conte, who
    took power in a 1984 coup after Sekou Toure's death.
 
    Guinea's democratic transition began with a 1990 referendum on a
    new constitution. Conte allowed political parties in 1992.
 
    Scores of people were killed during 1993 presidential polls, which
    returned Conte to power. The authorities scrapped results from
    opposition leader Alpha Conde's home district of Kankan.
 
 
Transmitted: 95-06-13 17:44:53 EDT
 
 
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