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
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
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.
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
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
``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
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
Officials said turnout for Sunday's poll was low but no figure was
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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