All candidates allowed in new poll
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
Riot police detain a man during clashes in Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday.