• Short Summary

    IN SPITE OF THE RAIN, THOUSAND OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT IN NAIROBI TODAY (SATURDAY) TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR THE 158 SEATS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

  • Description

    IN SPITE OF THE RAIN, THOUSAND OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT IN NAIROBI TODAY (SATURDAY) TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR THE 158 SEATS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    VOTING WAS ALSO REPORTED TO BE HEAVY IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY SINCE EARLY MORNING - IN MANY PLACES QUEUES BEGAN FORMING TWO HOURS BEFORE THE POLLING STATIONS OPENED.

    SOME 600 CANDIDATES ARE CONTESTING THE ASSEMBLY SEATS-BUT ALL BELONG TO THE RULING KENYA AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION PARTY (KANU). THE OPPOSITION KENYA PEOPLE'S UNION (KPU) WAS BANNED IN OCTOBER FOR "SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES" AND "TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT" - AND ITS EIGHT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WERE DETAINED.

    KANU, HOWEVER, IS NOT BACKING ANY ONE CANDIDATE WITH ORGANISATION OR FINANCING - AND OFFICIALS SAY THAT THE IDEA IS TO LET PEOPLE CHOOSE THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVES. THIS HAS MADE THE CAMPAIGN VERY MUCH IN ISSUE OF PERSONALITIES, WITH CANDIDATES BATTLING ON THEIR RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT AND WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT.

    ABOUT 100 OF THE SEATS ARE CONSIDERED SAFE - BUT THE 3,300,000 ELECTORATE IS EXPECTED TO RETURN SOME 60 NEW MEMBERS TO THE ASSEMBLY.

    ONE EARLY RESULT HAS SHOWN THAT A FORMER WOMAN MAYOR, MRS. GRACE ONYANGO, DEFEATED FIVE MALE CANDIDATES IN THE KISUMU TOWN CONSTITUENCY TO BECOME KENYA'S FIRST WOMAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. SHE IS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE BANNED KPU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVANFC2M05P4O81PSCHJ369H7X2
    Media URN:
    VLVANFC2M05P4O81PSCHJ369H7X2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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