Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

Kenyatta insists an October 26 do-over must go ahead.

Mr Odinga's legal challenge of vote-rigging had led the court to nullify the election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won with 54 per cent of ballots - it was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa.

The opposition leader said he could return to the Supreme Court to seek a clarification, but if the IEBC went ahead with the October 26 election it would be "in breach of the law".

However the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition vowed to push on with a planned protest Friday, and stage rallies every day next week. "Up to now we have received about 23 (injured)". One is badly injured. A separate healthworker at the same hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people had been admitted "with gunshot wounds". In Nairobi riot police were deployed ahead of expected protests.

The election laws changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said needed to be filled, when it annulled the August 8 elections citing irregularities. The decision was hailed across the globe and held up as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy, however the process quickly turned sour, with increasingly ugly rhetoric including attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

The Supreme Court said a new election must take place within 60 days, and Odinga has demanded fundamental reforms such as the sacking of top IEBC officials and the recruitment of new companies to print ballot papers and run election technology.

Based on the Supreme Court's decision, Mr Kenyatta can not run alone on the ballot or be sworn in automatically, said Ndungu Wainaina, executive director of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict. That judgement stated that if a candidate dies or withdraws from the fresh election, the IEBC must begin presidential nominations from scratch.

Meanwhile, analyst Murithi Mutiga said that the withdrawal means that Kenya is in "uncharted waters".

Three other protesters had gunshot wounds in the confrontation in the Odinga stronghold of Siaya County, Bondo police chief Paul Kiarie said. Since then a series of demonstrations have seen police teargas protesters, who in some cases have grown violent, with no deaths recorded.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.

11 de octubre de 2017, 14:50Nairobi, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) An unavoidable outbreak of street violence shook this capital today, when followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who boycotted the coming elections, went out to the streets, demanding reforms to the electoral law.