Kenya police fire tear gas at protesters against electoral commission

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Police in Kenya fired tear gas at protestors on Tuesday during a demonstration against the country’s electoral commission.

Several volleys of tear gas were fired and batons were used to disperse crowds who gathered, demanding the sacking of key election officials following last month’s failed presidential poll.

 

Police disperse crowds

Protestors gathered at the electoral commission (IEBC )headquarters in central Nairobi on Tuesday, calling for key members to be sacked. They accuse election officials of supporting current president Uhuru Kenyatta, whose victory was annulled by the Supreme Court after “irregularities and illegalities” were found in the commission’s handling of last month’s election.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga insists the IEBC can’t be trusted to hold a second election with its current officials in place.

“IEBC cannot begin the process of an honest election as long as those responsible for the irregularities and illegalities are still lurking in its corridors,” he told reporters.

Odinga is threatening to boycott next month’s election repeat unless the commission actively removes officials who failed to validate Kenyatta’s supposed victory last month.

“IEBC has refused to dismiss or suspend them. That is why we are today beginning these peaceful campaigns to force them out by public pressure so the process of a fair election can at last begin,” he added.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.