• Clergymen said the peaceful polling had disapproved those who thought Rift Valley region would experience violence. NCIC calls it a potential hotspot.
• They praised Rift residents and other Kenyans peaceful voting.
Christian and Muslim clergy in Rift Valley on Wednesday insisted on peace and patience and urged residents to accept election results.
They said counting and tallying was still going on in most areas.
They have praised residents and Kenyans in general for ensuring peace prevailed during voting on Tuesday.
The clergy were led by Catholic Bishop of Eldoret Dominic Kimengich and North Rift chairman the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya Abubakar Bini.
They said the peaceful polling had disproved those who thought Rift Valley would experience violence but said the electoral process wasn't over and patience was required.
“We would like to sincerely thank Kenyans for turning out to vote while ensuring peace and unity. We urge that as the results come in, we should accept them and maintain peace," Bini said.
All those who will be declared elected and those defeated are Kenyans who want development and peace will spur growth.
“Kenyans are currently suffering because of the poor economy and it's only through peace that we give our leaders time to focus on development. We need to recover the time we lost in politics," Bini said.
Kimengich said they would continue to encourage Kenyans to remain peaceful, even after the presidential results are announced.
NCCK chairman in the region Rev Daniel Barno said they would not tolerate hatred among communities in the cosmopolitan region.
“We urge our political leaders and all residents must keep away from issues that undermine peace and unity. Elections come and go but Kenya must remain peaceful and united at all times," he said.
“We want our country to come out of the polls stronger and more peaceful so Kenyans can focus on their livelihoods. Whoever will be elected as leaders must also focus on the many challenges we face," Kimengich said.
Bishop George Gichana of the Deliverance Church said they would continue to pray for Kenya to remain stable.
“As we continue to receive the election results," he said, "everyone must ensure we all keep peace at all times."
(Edited by V. Graham)