Kenya referendum opens new chapter

2010-08-05 08:47

kalahari.com

Nairobi - Kenyan papers anticipated final referendum results Thursday to celebrate a new chapter in the country's history opened by a peaceful polling process and what looked like overwhelming support for a new constitution.

"Kenya Says Yes" read the top-selling Daily Nation's front page, in a headline echoing its rival The Standard which proclaimed "Yes It Is".

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission had not yet announced a victor but with more than half of the ballots cast on Wednesday already tallied, the "yes" camp had secured twice as many votes as the "no" camp.

The Standard said the peaceful voting process, which many had feared could see a repeat of the 2007-2008 deadly election violence, marked a new dawn.

"The traditional mayhem that has preceded and accompanied successive general elections was a distant memory buried by the orderly queues yesterday," the daily said in an editorial.

The violence that broke out two and half years ago killed 1 500 people, fuelled tribal politics, undermined voters' confidence in their institutions and shattered Kenya's image as a beacon of regional stability.

"Because a referendum is a vote of confidence in our electoral system, democratic principles as well as the will to co-exist peacefully, despite our divergent political opinions, religious affiliations, ethnic grouping or racial profile, this particular one has marked closure of one chapter and ushered in another," the Standard said.

With counting still under way on Thursday, the Daily Nation urged the losers to accept the results gracefully and ensure that the differences voiced during the campaign were ironed out.

"It is our hope that the atmosphere of peace and calm, which prevailed during the voting, will be replicated throughout until a verdict is delivered," the newspaper said in an editorial.

Read more on:    kenya  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

As the Moon moves out of restless Gemini into sensitive Cancer today you are able to relax your active mind and be more receptive...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.