Protests demanding electoral reforms persist in Kenya

2017-10-06 20:28
Supporters of Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance celebrate on a street of Kibera slum in Nairob. (AFP)

Supporters of Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance celebrate on a street of Kibera slum in Nairob. (AFP)

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Nairobi - Supporters of Kenya's opposition on Friday held demonstrations in the capital and other strongholds to demand the exit of several electoral officials before a rerun presidential vote later this month.

The demonstration in Nairobi was largely peaceful but in the opposition center of Kisumu police fired tear gas and shots in the air to disperse demonstrators. There were also protests in Bungoma, Mombasa and Kakamega, all cities with large opposition followings.

Kenya's top court nullified the August re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities and illegalities in the vote counting.

In Nairobi on Friday, protesters carried placards saying "Chiloba Must Go," citing the chairperson of the electoral commission that the opposition wants gone before the October 26 repeat election.

Kenyatta's opponent Raila Odinga did not appear at any of the protests on Friday.

Read more on:    uhuru ke­n­yatta  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa

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