Nairobi, Kenya; Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters Outside Electoral Board Offices

Nairobi, Kenya; Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters Outside Electoral Board Offices

As controversy continues about who should conduct Kenya’s presidential elections re-run, the opposition party leaders and supporters on Tuesday held protests outside the offices of the electoral board.

The Kenya police used tear gas after chaos broke out between the opposition and the ruling party supporters. The opposition demands some of the top IEBC officials ejected from office while Uhuru Kenyatta supporters want the board to remain as it is. The opposition also wants the senior management prosecuted and charged in a court of law.

The re-run is scheduled for October 26 after the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru’s re-election win.

The opposition said that an outlaw gang was hired to disrupt the demonstration with intentions to harm the leaders. On Tuesday morning, police security for opposition leader Raila Odinga was withdrawn.

The incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta said that the electoral body is just okay and that it should remain that way. President Uhuru re-election win was canceled by the Supreme Court citing that IEBC could not verify the results before the court and that there was enough evidence to prove that the whole process was filled with illegalities and irregularities.

On an attempt to get Raila to allow the October 26 election to go on,  IEBC said they’d put some reforms into place; among the reforms, IEBC would let opposition’s IT guru monitor the electoral board’s computer systems and also allow the UN to supervise the purchase of the ballot papers. However, Raila Odinga rejected all those reforms and said the demonstrations must go on.

Raila Odinga claims that the group of parties that initially organized the rigging of the August 8 Kenya’s Presidential Elections was still intact, if allowed to go on, the same thing would still happen. Among the firms named by Raila as part of the conspiracy include Kenya’s communications firm Safaricom and OT Morpho of France.