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Kenya re-run elections underway

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Kenyans are voting in a tense presidential election rerun today, which is being boycotted by the country’s opposition leader.

Polls opened at 6am and will close at 5pm. More than 19 million voters are registered to cast their vote in the election.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (55) is seeking a second and final five year term in office. He won 54% of the votes in the first poll.

His main challenger, Raila Odinga (72), who received almost 45%of the votes in August’s election, is boycotting the vote.

Odinga said opposition demands to reform the electoral body following the court ruling have not been met.

Odinga, who successfully challenged the results of the August poll, has called on his supporters to stay away.

Although there have been some reports of violence in areas of Nairobi County, the process so far has been relatively peaceful.

The country is holding an election rerun after the 8 August presidential poll results were rejected by the country’s Supreme Court because of “irregularities and illegalities” in the voting process.

“Do not participate in any way in the sham election. Convince your friends, neighbours and everyone else to not participate,” Odinga told his supporters at a rally in Nairobi yesterday.

“We advise Kenyans who value democracy and justice to hold vigilance prayers or stay at home.”

The East African country has witnessed almost daily street protests following the announcement of August’s presidential election result.

At least 49 people have been killed in the political violence since the poll.

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