Kenyan Church leaders support postponing vote

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Fears of further bloodshed has led Kenya’s election commission to postpone the planned voting in some opposition strongholds, with safety concerns for its workers cited as deadly clashes continued between police and protesters.

It was the second voting delay in four out of Kenya’s 47 counties, highlighting the bitter divisions and political uncertainty that have intensified after Thursday’s repeat presidential election, which was boycotted by supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, the governor of the East African’s third-largest city also supported postponing the vote for the presidential election re-run and described counter plans as a “joke”.
It remains unclear when the voting will now take place.

Kenyan opposition areas such as the streets of Kisumu, as well as several Nairobi slums are reportedly quiet, though police used tear gas to disperse crowds in the slum of Kawangware.

 

The election commission had delayed voting in four out of Kenya’s 47 counties until Saturday because of violence. This new postponement is “until further notice” because of concerns for the safety of election workers.

At least six people have died in violence linked to the latest vote, including a man who was shot and killed in the Nairobi slum of Kawangware as security forces moved to quell fighting between gangs from different ethnic groups late on Friday, according to police.

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