Kenyan police shoot dead three opposition supporters in Bondo

Gladys Abbott
October 14, 2017

"As far as we are concerned, the elections are canceled and we expect that the IEBC will return to the process of nominations shortly", he said.

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.

Odinga, who successfully challenged the August 8 re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, said the repeat poll should be canceled and a fresh election held after the election board has carried out reforms.

Odinga's withdrawal had fueled speculation about whether the vote would go ahead at all.

They are pushing for electoral changes before a fresh election is held.

Odinga said the only relevant law now was the Supreme Court decision of 2013 stating that if a presidential election were nullified, the election commission would hold a ballot in which the president-elect and the petitioner were the only candidates.

Opposition legislator James Orengo said the law will lower safeguards against vote-rigging by making the preferred system of transmitting election results a manual one.

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Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead. On Wednesday Kenya's national assembly - dominated by the ruling Jubilee party - approved a series of electoral law changes that Odinga has argued will make the "irregularities" cited by the Supreme Court, legal.

By walking away, Mr Odinga seems to be gambling on his ability to threaten chaos to push Mr Kenyatta to negotiate- A section of the article reads.

The standoff over the elections has sparked demonstrations, but the numbers of protesters has tended to be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.

Kenyan police used teargas on Friday to disperse opposition protesters in the country's three main cities who were demanding electoral reform, Reuters witnesses said.

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu, and the capital Nairobi to push for election reforms before the October 26 re-run of Kenya's presidential election.

Matiang'i said he had banned the demos from the city centers to protect Kenyans and their property, but opposition leaders vowed not to budge, saying demonstrating and picketing is their constitutional right.

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