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Kenyan rerun polls underway amid tight security & unrest

Oct 26, 2017, 6:40 AM EDT
Last month, the Supreme Court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August polls.
(Source: Make it Kenya/flickr)

Kenyans are voting for the second time in a span of about two months as tens of thousands of security personnel safeguard voters and polling stations across the country while opposition supporters hold protests and attempt to thwart the presidential election.

Last month, the Supreme Court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August polls, citing “irregularities,” in the electoral process, a verdict that triggered a chaotic political drama, observes the BBC.

In the early hours, the voter turnout plummeted sharply compared to the first edition of elections, writes The Guardian. Although Kenyatta’s heads for certain win, the opposition’s decision to boycott the polls and the unfolding violence are likely to dent the leader’s credibility. 

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