Friday, December 28, 2007

Kenyan prelates call for peaceful voting

Catholic bishops in Kenya joined other religious leader in public calls for peaceful voting in today's presidential election, and urged citizens to accept the results of the ballot.

Only a few incidents of violence were reported as Kenya's 14 million citizens headed to the polls.

Incumbent President Mwai Kibacki faced a serious challenge from Raila Odinga in the contest.

During the campaign leading up to the election, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, the president of the country's episcopal conference, had called for efforts to halt violence between rival candidates and their supporters, and challenged Christian voters to resist emotional manipulation.

In his Christmas sermon, Bishop Cornelius Korir of Eldoret urged his people to "preach and maintain peace during the elections." He joined with his Anglican counterpart, Bishop Thomas Kogo, in a public plea for quiet balloting.

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