4 August 2010
Last updated at 19:57
Kenyans have been voting in a referendum on a new constitution designed to transform the country’s politics and avoid the deadly violence that followed the general election in December 2007. Voters around the country told BBC reporters how the day went.
Isaac Gitonga Mwangi, 32, in Nairobi, said he voted “yes”. “I believe in change. For me one of the most important issues is dual citizenship as I'm married to a Japanese lady. I believe if not provoked, a majority of people will remain peaceful."
Rosemary Kuria, 36, volunteer teacher in Eldoret: “I voted yes. My husband was killed in front of my kids in the post-election violence. Some people think as a Kikuyu I shouldn’t live here. We need a new start so we can move freely, and live wherever."
She says she still worries about attacks after dark. Designer Jacob Kosgei (R), 30, also in Eldoret voted "no": "For me the main issue is abortion; I don’t think it’s right. Then the land-issue is not good. If it passes, it will create tension."
Butcher Richard Ng’ang’a, 38, in the Central Rift Valley voted “yes”. “People from Mt Kenya region are considered outsiders here; so-called indigenous people want us uprooted from our land. I am convinced it will finally sort this land question."
But Mary Chepkirui (L), 32, a mother and farmer in the same area voted “no”: “This is always a very volatile area whenever elections are called, so I voted early before any chaos start. But I think this time round all will be well.”
Dubat Ali Amey, 66, a community elder in Garissa: “I voted ‘yes’ to bury the constitution which has humiliated the Somali community in north-eastern Kenya by denying all aspects of development.” Provisional results are due on Thursday.