3 wounded in Kenya protest to reform electoral body

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Three people were seriously wounded during opposition demonstrations for changes to Kenya’s electoral commission before fresh presidential elections later this month, a witness said on Monday.

An Associated Press reporter said he saw one man get shot and by a man in a car who then hit and injured two other protesters before driving away. Riot police watched as the incident unfolded, the witness said. Police are investigating the shooting and hit-and-run incident, said Nairobi Central chief Harrison Thuku.

The three were wounded as the government’s human rights group said at least 37 people were killed by police in three days of protests following the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the August vote.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for countrywide protests to urge reforms to the electoral commission ahead of the October 26 rerun of the elections. The Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August re-election citing illegalities in the August 8 vote and the electoral commission’s refusal to allow scrutiny of its computer system.

Opposition supporters demonstrate against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday. Thousands of supporters of Kenya’s main opposition party, National Super Alliance returned to the streets of Nairobi and other major towns on Monday to protest against the IEBC ahead of the October 26 repeat presidential polls. – AP

Justices said that by failing to allow the investigation of the computers the commission failed to disprove Odinga’s claim that hackers infiltrated the servers and altered the vote in favour of Kenyatta.

Kenyatta has said he does not want changes to the electoral commission. His Jubilee Party has instead used its parliamentary majority to pass changes in the electoral law ahead of the October 26 that the opposition says are meant to make the transmission of results a manual process that has less safeguards against electoral fraud and makes it more difficult for the Supreme Court to annul a presidential election.

Odinga has threatened to boycott the fresh elections if the electoral commission is not reformed.