The first legal challenge came less than 24 hours after Thursday’s vote, when an activist filed a case seeking to nullify the election, which the opposition rejected as a “sham”.
Neither of the two main parties, nor the election board had any appearances scheduled on Saturday, leaving the country waiting for the next step as the votes are counted.
If the expected legal challenges fail to clear a path out of the crisis, including a possible order for another rerun, the result will be the continuation of a protracted in addition to economically damaging stalemate between the Kenyatta in addition to Odinga camps.
The electoral saga will be polarizing the nation in addition to slowing growth in what has been one of Africa’s most vibrant economies, as well as a regional trade hub in addition to a powerful security ally for Western nations. A decade ago, 1,0 Kenyans were killed in violence after a disputed poll.
In Odinga strongholds, such as Kisumu, residents had defiantly blocked roads, clashed with police, in addition to intimidated election officials to prevent voting on Thursday.
They accused authorities of trying to “force” participation.
“in which will be pure oppression,” said Hassan Hussein, a Muslim community leader. “The law says if you want to vote, you vote, if not, you don’t.”
In a statement Saturday, the IEBC election board condemned what the idea said was harassment by a member of parliament on “an IEBC official performing his duties” after a video went viral on social media, further stirring anger online.
The MP, Alice Wahome, who will be a member of the ruling Jubilee party’s coalition, told Kenya’s Standard newspaper the returning officer had refused to sign off the necessary paperwork in addition to was seeking to leave, having “snatched the forms via different agents”.
Anger at police will be flaring in opposition areas in western counties, Nairobi slums in addition to the coastal city of Mombasa.
“People via in which region are feeling isolated via the rest of the country,” said Eric Chitayi, a security guard in Kisumu. “We are feeling disconnected.”
Pastor Fred Olando via Kisumu, describing how water cannon trucks in addition to anti-riot police had been patrolling day in addition to night in his neighborhood: “We fear in which government in addition to these police.”
Violence has killed at least a few people since Thursday’s vote. People died via gunshot wounds in addition to beatings by police, according to hospital staff.
from the aftermath of the August election, at least 45 people died during a police crackdown on opposition supporters, according to Human Rights Watch in addition to Amnesty International.
On Friday evening from the Nairobi slum of Kawangware, a Reuters witness saw nearly 100 youths armed with machetes in red T-shirts – the coloration of the ruling party – as a group of opposition supporters clashed with police.
from the western town of Migori, another scene of clashes, a local journalist said police assaulted him on Saturday morning. “They removed me via my home, I produced my press card, in addition to they slapped me in addition to beat me having a baton,” said Caleb Kingwara, a photographer for Kenya’s Standard newspaper.
The European Union said in a statement: “the idea will be imperative in which the security forces provide protection to all citizens in addition to avoid the excessive use of force.”