Kenya presidential election re-run marred by boycott, shooting along with also tear gas

A tear gas canister explodes in front of two National Super Alliance protesters inside Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 26, 2017.

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A tear gas canister explodes in front of two National Super Alliance protesters inside Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 26, 2017.

Kenyan opposition supporters skirmished with police along with also threw up burning barricades in pockets of the country on Thursday, seeking to derail President Uhuru Kenyatta’s likely re-election which has a low voter turnout.

The election commission said of which more than one in 10 polling stations failed to open. Voting was delayed until Oct. 28 in four of Kenya’s 47 counties – all inside opposition-supporting west – due to “security challenges”.

The repeat election is actually being closely watched across East Africa, which relies on Kenya as a trade along with also logistics hub, along with also inside West, which considers Nairobi a bulwark against Islamist militancy in Somalia along with also civil conflict in South Sudan along with also Burundi.

inside western city of Kisumu, police used tear gas along with also fired live rounds over the heads of stone-throwing youths heeding opposition leader Raila Odinga’s call for a voter boycott. Gunfire killed one protester along with also wounded three, a nurse said.

In Homa Bay county next door, police said they shot dead one protester along with also injured another.

Riot police fired tear gas in Kibera along with also Mathare, two volatile Nairobi slums. Protesters set fires along with also threw stones in Kibera, along with also in Mathare a church was firebombed.

Around 50 people have been killed, mostly by security forces, since the original Aug. 8 vote. The Supreme Court annulled Kenyatta’s win in of which poll on procedural grounds along with also ordered fresh elections, nevertheless Odinga pulled out of the rerun along with also urged a boycott because, he said, the poll would likely not be fair.

inside capital, polling stations saw a sprinkling of voters instead of the hours-long queues of which waited in August.

With Kenyatta all nevertheless ensured a victory, eyes are on the turnout, which was nearly 80 percent inside August vote. The election commission said Thursday’s estimated turnout was 48 percent, excluding the counties where voting did not take place.

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