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Kenya returns to the polls between strong riots and calls for boycott

Supporters of the opposition leader Odinga, who does not concur with the elections, face the security forces of the country

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Kenya returns to the polls between strong riots and calls for boycott

The Kenyan voters have returned to polls this Thursday in a presidential election marked by strong clashes and boycotted by opposition led by Raila Odinga, of Luo ethnicity. The tense riots have claimed life of at least one opposition demonstrator of 19 years, who was killed by police in Kimusu, third most important city of country, as confirmed to Agence France Presse a responsible of police force.

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In several opposition bastions, including Kimusu, police have launched tear gas and fired into air to disperse protesters, who were trying to block access to polling stations. The altercations between police and demonstrators have also been repeated in Kibera and Mathare (on outskirts of Nairobi, capital) and in Migori, in west country.

The boycott has produced that influx to polling stations is appreciably inferior to that of elections of last August 8, which are repeated this Thursday 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. Odinga supporters have shown mselves in city of Kisumu. The police have fired on air with real fire to disperse m.

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."


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