• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 2,500,000 KENYANS- OVER 90 PER CENT OF THEM AFRICANS- STARTED TO GO TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COLONY'S TRIPLE ELECTIONS FOR INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 2,500,000 KENYANS- OVER 90 PER CENT OF THEM AFRICANS- STARTED TO GO TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COLONY'S TRIPLE ELECTIONS FOR INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT.THE ELECTIONS - FIRST IN KENYA ON A (ONE MAN, ONE VOTE" BASIS- WILL BE HELD ON SIX DAYS FOR REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEGISLATURES.

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AFRICANS BEGAN QUEUING BEFORE DAWN OUTSIDE POLLING BOOTHS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND ELECTION OFFICIALS REPORTED A HEAVY TURN-OUT OF VOTERS.AT KERICHO IN THE NORTH-WEST KENYA PROVINCE OF NYANZA POLICE USED TEARGAS WHEN SEVERAL HUNDRED "OVER ENTHUSIASTIC " VOTERS RUSHED A POLLING BOOTH BEFORE THE OFFICIAL TIME TO BEGIN VOTING.

    THERE WERE CLASHES BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF THE TWO MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES - THE KENYA AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION (KANU) AND THE KENYA AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC UNION (KADU).THIRTEEN PEOPLE WE WERE INJURED AND EIGHT ARRESTED IN THE TESO DISTRICT AND 12 WERE ARRESTED CENTRAL NYANZA.

    POLITICALLY THE WHITE MAN IS FINISHED.OF THE 715 CANDIDATES THERE IS ONLY ONE EUROPEAN.YESTERDAY'S POLLING WAS FOR 122 MEMBERS OF SIX REGIONAL ASSEMBLIES.A FURTHER 39 HAVE BEEN RETURNED UNOPPOSED.IN KENYA'S SEVENTH REGION - NORTH-EAST-THERE IS NO VOTING.THE SOMALI POPULATION THERE HAVE DECLARED AN ELECTORAL BOYCOTT FOLLOWING BRITAIN'S REFUSAL TO ALLOW THEM TO SECEDE AND JOIN NEIGHBOURING SOMALIA.

    POLLING BOOTHS REOPEN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND TUESDAY FOR THE ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE SENATE(UPPER HOUSE) OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.THE ELECTION WILL END NEXT WEEKEND WHEN VOTERS CHOOSE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE (LOWER HOUSE) OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.THE PARTY WINNING THIS CONTEST AND MOST OBSERVERS ARE TIPPING MR JOMO KENYATTA'S KANU PARTY WILL BE CALLED ON TO FROM THE GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL LEAD KENYA FROM INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT TO FULL INDEPENDENCE, EXPECTED WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

    AFRICANS WHO VOTED IN YESTERDAY'S ELECTION HAD THEIR INDEX FINGERS STAINED WITH VERMILLION DYE TO ENSURE AGAINST VOTING MORE THAN ONCE AND ALSO AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST OVER ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTERS BUYING VOTING CARDS FROM UNFORTUNATES AND CASTING EXTRA VOTES.

    SYMBOLS ARE SHOWN PROMINENTLY ON VOTING CARDS - A COCKEREL REPRESENTING KANU, AN OPEN HAND REPRESENTING KADU AND A MAN DIGGING - THE SIGN OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (APP).

    THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR ERIC GRIFFITH-JONES, HAS APPEALED FOR A "PEACEFUL AND ORDERLY ELECTION".

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    Film ID:
    VLVABMHO7XUSYIUYS5YXIW0A5T7BZ
    Media URN:
    VLVABMHO7XUSYIUYS5YXIW0A5T7BZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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