NAIROBI – Clashes erupted between Kenyan police and protesters in the capital city of Nairobi during rallies called by opposition on Wednesday.
Main opposition party National Super Alliance (NASA) called to the rallies after its leader Reila Odinga pulled out of the presidential election re-run scheduled for Oct. 26.
Hundreds of people have been gathering early on in Uhuru Park, adjacent to the central business district of Nairobi to demand reforms on the electoral commission.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the results of the presidential election held on Aug. 8 due to alleged vote counting-related irregularities committed by the commission.
The rally passed through the main streets of Nairobi, where the protesters threw large stones at police personnel in response to tear gas fired by anti-riot forces.
Clashes also took place between police and protesters in the western city of Kisumu, a traditional opposition stronghold, during the demonstrations.
NASA called a few weeks ago for demonstrations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before the re-run of the presidential election in protest against the electoral commission.
On Tuesday, Odinga withdrew his candidacy from the re-run election, claiming that the electoral commission had not reformed in line with a top court order to ensure against a recurrence of irregularities and illegalities.
Kenya’s High Court on Wednesday ordered the electoral commission to include Ekuru Aukot, leader of Thirdway Alliance, among the presidential candidates for the election re-run.