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3 people wounded in Kenya protest to reform electoral body

11 October 2017

The 2017 presidential elections are only the second being conducted under the new constitution, so this puts Kenya in uncharted waters.

The IEBC has been split between chairman Wafula Chebukati - who has demanded answers to the technical problems which marred the first poll - and chief executive Ezra Chiloba, who insists that only minor irregularities took place in an otherwise free and fair vote.

The election which saw the announcement of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as victor, was annulled by the supreme court and has been re-scheduled for October 26.

While some, in particular Kenyatta's supporters, endorsed the changes, those supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga accuse the amendments of being a rigging plot.

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It comes after at least 37 people were killed in three days of protests following disputed national elections on August 8.

NASA also alleged that the Jubilee has captured the IEBC using four commissioners, who are tasked to implement the party's agenda within the electoral body.

During a talk show at a local TV station on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen claimed that Mr Odinga is set to officially withdraw from the presidential race on Wednesday. "There is freedom of choice and if I freely choose to stay away, there is no way anybody, including the courts, can force me to participate", Mr Odinga said.

Kenyatta said he is ready for the election because he is sure that Kenyans will rally behind him as they did in the August 8 election that was nullified by the Supreme Court. So they threw out Kenyatta's big victory and ordered new elections.

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"We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel - All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one".

Thousands have protested across the country in response to his call for demonstrations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as political rhetoric on both sides has grown more angry. Mass action in Kenya is feared because it can quickly descend into violence, especially at a time of deep tribal division in the country.

Kenyan police were blamed for a third of more than 1 100 deaths in 2007 when the country faced its deadliest ever post election dispute.

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3 people wounded in Kenya protest to reform electoral body