People in Kenyan protest against electoral body
May 10, Nairobi: Thousands of people in Kenya demonstrated in Nairobi near the office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to demand the resignation of a body supervising next year's presidential elections.
Police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters. They were demanding the resignation of the electoral body, saying it would rig the 2017 presidential elections.
Security was tight in the Kenyan capital after the protesters - who have pledged to gather every Monday - were dispersed.
The protesters, led by opposition leader Raila Odinga, were demanding the resignation of the electoral commission as they believe there is already a plan to rig next year's general elections in favour of the ruling party. Al Jazeera reported.
“IEBC must go," the protesters shouted as dozens of police with support vehicles were mobilised on Monday in Nairobi, reports said.
Kenya's presidential and parliamentary polls are more than a year away but politicians are already lining up for what could be a bruising battle.
Violence erupted after the 2007 vote in Kenya, and the opposition disputed the 2013 election results.
The Oslo Times