The Kenyan voters return to polls this Thursday in a presidential election boycotted by opposition led by Raila Odinga, of Luo ethnicity. The boycott has been noticed in polling stations, where influx is appreciably lower than that of elections of last August 8, which are repeated today after being invalidated by Supreme Court due to irregularities in process. On that electoral appointment, current President and reference of Kikuyu ethnic group, Uhuru Kenyatta, was declared victorious. The supporters of Odinga have been shown in city of Kisumu, third most important in country. The police have fired on air with real fire to disperse m.Learn More
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At Saint George's School in Kilimani, in Nairobi, this decrease in number of voters and also a strong police presence is noted, of around 20 agents, which guarantee that right to vote can be exercised. "This time it will be easier and quicker to count votes," explains an observer from Electoral Commission, an organism that opposition has accused of not carrying out reforms that prevent same irregularities from being committed in se elections, which explains boycott.
The Observer recognizes that re are fewer people, but hopes that y will be encouraged to come throughout day. Similar Opinion has anor Commission official. "In two hours y voted 50 people in my room." People will come later, he says, and he adds: "It's being a peaceful day, and we have enough security." "We're not afraid."
In some areas of country, vote takes place in total normality, while in ors like Kisumu, electoral colleges have not been able to open yet, y say local means, although in case that elections are not held today, law would allow to do anor Day.
Joseph, one of those who have come to vote, explains that he is "sure that people who came to vote last time for Uhuru (Kenyatta, current president) come once again." Kenyatta won elections last August 8 with 54% of vote, but supreme annulled results to organize or elections, those of today, "with strict conformity to Constitution."
However, main opposition party, Super National Alliance (NASA), does not believe that this mandate has been fulfilled, so its supporters, like Vincent, refuse to participate. "We will not vote in any way." We stayed home today. Raila Odinga ( leader of NASA) has called for boycott and we will follow him, "he said."