Several hurt in protests as Kenya election officials mull next move

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu, and the capital Nairobi to push for election reforms before the October 26 re-run of Kenya's presidential election.

To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition called supporters to the street, saying protests would take place every day from next week.

"One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest". In Nairobi riot police were deployed ahead of expected protests.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya confirmed Friday that he had received the controversial election amendment bill from Parliament, saying he will consider before signing it into law.

The country's Supreme Court annulled the results of an August 8 election - won by President Uhuru Kenyatta - citing irregularities in the counting process and mismanagement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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During protests on Wednesday, several were treated for gunshot wounds in Kisumu, according to a doctor at the local hospital. However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season.

Responding to a Nation query, the official also said Mr Odinga is welcome to visit the US. The decision was hailed across the globe and held up as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy, however the process quickly turned sour, with increasingly ugly rhetoric including attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

While the IEBC has made some concessions to the opposition, it says these demands are impossible to meet in the constitutionally-mandated period. "What we are demanding is that the electoral commission should respect the Supreme Court and carry out elections in accordance with the ruling", he told Reuters. It also takes care of a presidential candidate withdrawing from the race prematurely. Since then a series of demonstrations have seen police teargas protesters, who in some cases have grown violent, with no deaths recorded.

Violence in the days after this year's election left 37 dead, according to a local human rights group which said these were mostly at the hands of police.

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