Africa

Kenya holds a re-run of the presidential election

Kenya is currently holding a re-run of the presidential election which is being boycotted by the main opposition.

Security authorities have been bulked and are spread across the country as voting gets underway in the East African country.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has pulled out of the election re-run, has called on his supporters to boycott it.

Kenyatta was declared the winner of the August 8 vote but the election is being rescheduled due to irregularities.

The polls on Thursday opened at 06:00 am local time with tens of thousands of police and other security personnel deployed to protect voters and polling stations.

“Our forefathers fought and died for the right of the African to vote, we dare not reject this inheritance,” President Kenyatta said on the eve of the election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Kenyatta was the winner of the August 8 vote but later the Supreme Court of Appeal annulled IEBC’s decision, which led to inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on the IEBC.

Prior to the election, a senior member of the IEBC fled to the United States after receiving death threats.

Approximately more than 70 people have been killed and injured in violence since Kenyatta was declared the winner in August’s election.

Odinga wanted a re-run of the presidential election to be held at a later date, but a bid to delay the election failed after only two out of seven Supreme Court judges attended a hearing on Wednesday.


More details to follow. Image 1 of people casting ballots from Ghafla!

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