All can­di­dates al­lowed in new poll

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NAIROBI: All eight can­di­dates for the Kenya pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that was an­nulled can par­tic­i­pate in the new vote this month, the elec­tion com­mis­sion an­nounced yes­ter­day. Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga was still con­sid­ered a can­di­date be­cause he hadn’t turned in a with­drawal form.

The Oc­to­ber 26 vote at first was lim­ited to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Odinga, whose le­gal chal­lenge of the vote led the Supreme Court to an­nul it. Odinga with­drew his can­di­da­ture cit­ing a lack of elec­tion com­mis­sion re­forms.

No can­di­date aside from Keny­atta and Odinga had re­ceived even 1% of the vote. Yes­ter­day, law­mak­ers ap­proved amend­ments to the elec­toral law pushed by the rul­ing party and crit­i­cised by the op­po­si­tion and Western diplo­mats as mak­ing elec­tions more dif­fi­cult to an­nul. In Nairobi, po- lice dis­persed thou­sands of op­po­si­tion protesters out­side the elec­tion com­mis­sion’s of­fices. –ANA-AP

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Riot po­lice de­tain a man dur­ing clashes in Nairobi, Kenya, yes­ter­day.

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