Protests demand electoral reforms persist in Kenya



NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Supporters of Kenya’s opposition held demonstrations in the capital and other strongholds on Friday, Oct. 6, to demand the exit of several electoral officials before a rerun presidential vote.

The demonstration in Nairobi was largely peaceful but in the opposition center of Kisumu police fired tear gas and shots in the air to disperse demonstrators. There were also protests in Bungoma, Mombasa, and Kakamega — all cities with large opposition followings.

Kenya’s top court judge’s nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities and illegalities in the vote counting.

In Nairobi, protesters carried placards that read “Chiloba Must Go,” which cited the chairman of the electoral commission that the opposition wanted gone before the Oct. 26 repeat election.

Kenyatta’s opponent Raila Odinga didn’t appear at any of the protests.