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Security tight as Kenyans head to polls
26 October 2017, 6:44 AM

Tensions are high in some parts of Kenya as the nation heads to the polls on Thursday.

On Wednesday night there were clashes between police and supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga in Mombasa and Homa Bay counties, southern Kenya.

Security forces are on high alert.

The country is holding a re-election after the August results were annulled due to irregularities with results.

Roads leading to polling stations have been barricaded to prevent the voting process from happening.

Polls opened at 5am (SA time) but stations are yet to be opened. There are no voters at the gates.

On Wednesday Odinga called for the boycott of the elections saying they won’t be free, fair or credible.

AU Observer Mission Head: former President Thabo Mbeki appealed to Kenyans to respect the voting process by letting those who want to exercise their right to cast their ballot to do so peacefully.

He also called on police to ensure calm is maintained throughout the country.

SABC reporter Aldrin Sampear is monitoring the situation in the opposition stronghold of Kibera: Watch Below

Thursday 26 October 2017 06:44

Noma Bolani

Security tight as Kenyans head to polls
26 October 2017, 6:44 AM

Tensions are high in some parts of Kenya as the nation heads to the polls on Thursday.

On Wednesday night there were clashes between police and supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga in Mombasa and Homa Bay counties, southern Kenya.

Security forces are on high alert.

The country is holding a re-election after the August results were annulled due to irregularities with results.

Roads leading to polling stations have been barricaded to prevent the voting process from happening.

Polls opened at 5am (SA time) but stations are yet to be opened. There are no voters at the gates.

On Wednesday Odinga called for the boycott of the elections saying they won’t be free, fair or credible.

AU Observer Mission Head: former President Thabo Mbeki appealed to Kenyans to respect the voting process by letting those who want to exercise their right to cast their ballot to do so peacefully.

He also called on police to ensure calm is maintained throughout the country.

SABC reporter Aldrin Sampear is monitoring the situation in the opposition stronghold of Kibera: Watch Below

Thursday 26 October 2017 06:44

Noma Bolani

Kenya elections to go ahead as planned
25 October 2017, 8:39 PM

Chairman of the Kenya’s electoral commission says presidential elections will go on as scheduled on Thursday.

Wafula Chebukati made the announcement hours after the Supreme Court was unable to hear a petition filed by three human rights activists to cancel the elections due to the lack of a quorum.

Chief Justice David Maraga says only two out the seven Supreme Court judges were available to hear the petition.

The Supreme Court ordered fresh polls after the August 8th elections were annulled over illegalities and irregularities.

Hours before the rerun Kenyans were not sure if the polls would indeed take place.

On the eve of the ruling, the driver of the Deputy Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu was shot and injured by unknown assailants. The opposition sees the government’s hand in it.

With the collapse of the case, the chairman of the commission cleared the way for the polls.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to boycott the elections, claiming that the electoral commission is biased.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second and final term, has called on Kenyans to turn up and vote.

The African Union has called for calm and restraint during the electoral period.

Polls will open at 6am and close at 5pm on Thursday.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 20:39

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Sarah Kimani

Kenya elections to go ahead as planned
25 October 2017, 8:39 PM

Chairman of the Kenya’s electoral commission says presidential elections will go on as scheduled on Thursday.

Wafula Chebukati made the announcement hours after the Supreme Court was unable to hear a petition filed by three human rights activists to cancel the elections due to the lack of a quorum.

Chief Justice David Maraga says only two out the seven Supreme Court judges were available to hear the petition.

The Supreme Court ordered fresh polls after the August 8th elections were annulled over illegalities and irregularities.

Hours before the rerun Kenyans were not sure if the polls would indeed take place.

On the eve of the ruling, the driver of the Deputy Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu was shot and injured by unknown assailants. The opposition sees the government’s hand in it.

With the collapse of the case, the chairman of the commission cleared the way for the polls.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to boycott the elections, claiming that the electoral commission is biased.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second and final term, has called on Kenyans to turn up and vote.

The African Union has called for calm and restraint during the electoral period.

Polls will open at 6am and close at 5pm on Thursday.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 20:39

Click below to watch videos:

Sarah Kimani

“Kenya’s political crisis could lead to election-related violence”
25 October 2017, 9:57 AM

International elections observers to Kenya’s elections are calling for dialogue among the country’s political leaders and the electoral commission, hours to the country’s repeat presidential elections.

Statements by the European Union Observer mission to Kenya and the US based Carter Centre have warned against political rhetoric and called for calm ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether the polls should go on.

A statement by the Carter Centre indicated that prospects for a credible presidential election have narrowed and urged for political leaders to use the limited time to dialogue and find a mutually acceptable way forward so that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) can conduct fresh presidential elections in a peaceful and secure environment.

The Carter Centre further warned that recent statements by Chairman of the Commission Wafula Chebukati made it clear that the current political impasse constrains the IEBC’s ability to conduct a credible election.

They say the current political crisis could lead to serious risk of election-related violence should the elections go forward, especially in areas with strong NASA support.

The EU on the other hand said it was scaling down its staff due to security concerns and would limit its activities to observing the counting, tallying and transmission of results.

The Supreme Court is due to rule on whether to stop the rerun scheduled for Thursday following a case filed by three human rights activists.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the race.

Wednesday 25 October 2017 09:57

Sarah Kimani

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