TWO FORMER AFRICAN PRESIDENTS URGE KENYANS TO KEEP THE PEACE DURING ELECTIONS TUESDAY
NAIROBI, Aug 8 (NNN-SABC) -- Two former African presidents -- South Africa's Thabo Mbeki and John Mahama of Ghana -- have called on Kenyans to put the love of their country first when they go to the polls Tuesday to elect their president, members of Parliament, county governors and members of county assemblies.
In urging Kenyans to keep the peace during and after the polls, the two reminded on Monday Kenyans that no candidate is worth shedding blood for.
Mbeki is here representing the African Union (AU) elections observer mission while Mahama is representing the Commonwealth Eeections observer mission. Both leaders united in calling for peace during and after the polls. Kenya will go to the polls amidst fears of post-election violence.
Opinion polls have failed to pick a a clear-cut winner, indicating a very closely fought race for president between the two leading contenders --incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee party and former prime minister Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA).
Both Mbeki and Mahama urged voters to come out in their numbers to make their wish felt through the ballot. More than 150,000 security officers are being deployed to man the polls.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK