Political and religious leaders in western Kenya warn that plans to re-attempt presidential polling in four counties will again inflame tensions. The electoral commission postponed voting in those areas Thursday due to security concerns amid an opposition boycott. Late Friday, the electoral commission postponed the voting again, citing threats to electoral staff. No new date has been announced.
Residents in western Kenya, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, say they plan to respect Odinga’s call to boycott the polls again.
“I am not going to vote and we will make sure no one goes to vote. Because every time we vote, our victory is stolen. This should be the last time our victory is stolen,”resident Joshua Ochieng said.
Violent unrest prevented polling stations from opening Thursday in the city of Kisumu, with youths blocking roads and clashing with security forces. Hospital officials tell VOA three people were killed by gunshot wounds and more than 50 were injured.