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Second protester shot dead in Kenya after fractious vote

Second protester shot dead in Kenya after fractious vote”

While most of Kenya was peaceful, voter turnout was relatively low even in some regions considered to be strongholds for President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the victor of an August 8 election that later was nullified by the Supreme Court.

The repeat election is being closely watched across East Africa, which relies on Kenya as a trade and logistics hub, and in the West, which considers Nairobi a bulwark against Islamist militancy in Somalia and civil conflict in South Sudan and Burundi.

And Odinga's boycott of the re-run, on grounds the election commission had failed make the necessary changes to ensure a free and fair vote, has assured Kenyatta a landslide victory.

Kenyan opposition supporters have skirmished with police and threw up burning barricades throughout the country, seeking to derail President Uhuru Kenyatta's likely re-election with a low voter turnout.

Estimated figures compiled by the election board pointed to a turnout of just 48 percent.

The first election, in August, was annulled by the courts because of procedural irregularities, denying Kenyatta a simple victory over his long-term political rival. Rights groups say most people were killed at the hands of police.

The move, he said, was due to "security-related" challenges. If they fail to provide a clear path out of the crisis, including an order for another re-run, many Kenyans are fearing protracted political stalemate between the Kenyatta and Odinga camps.

Pockets of violence continued on Friday, with police saying they shot dead one man, bringing to five the number of confirmed deaths since voting began on Thursday.

At Kisumu's Jaramogi hospital, an AFP correspondent saw several people arriving covered in blood.

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In the neighbouring Homa Bay county, police said they shot dead one protester and injured another.

A second protester was killed in Kenya on Friday as anger raged a day after a divisive election boycotted by the opposition, taking the death toll from two days of protests to eight.

With Mr Kenyatta all but ensured a victory, eyes are on the turnout, which was almost 80 per cent in the August vote.

According to reports by the Standard, the NASA supporters were waving placards with messages calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to leave office before they saw the Kenyan flag being lowered and the entrance shut.



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