Kenya police shoot dead two during protest

Kenya police shoot dead two during protest

The election laws changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said needed to be filled, when it annulled the August 8 elections citing irregularities. Odinga is betting on a ruling by the Supreme Court after 2013 elections - in which he failed to have the result overturned - which sought to clarify what happens if an election is invalidated.

Based on the Supreme Court's decision, Mr Kenyatta can not run alone on the ballot or be sworn in automatically, said Ndungu Wainaina, executive director of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict. No candidate aside from Odinga and Kenyatta received even 1 percent of the vote.

"That law also goes on to say that if one of the candidates dies or pulls out, the election commission is obligated to carry out fresh nominations".

Kenyatta's Jubilee Party has pursued changes to the electoral law that the opposition says will make it more hard for the Supreme Court to nullify a presidential election and will reduce safeguards against electoral fraud.

"We will continue with our demonstrations as planned across the country", said one of the coalition's leaders Moses Wetangula.

Kenyatta on Friday signed a supplementary budget allocating $116 million (12 billion shillings) for the new election.

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The standoff over the elections has sparked demonstrations, but the numbers of protesters has tended to be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.

Two people were shot dead as a crowd of protesters clashed with police on Friday in the hometown of opposition leader Raila Odinga in western Kenya, witnesses told AFP.

The demonstrations defied a new government ban on opposition protests in the central business districts of Kenya's three largest cities, while concerns rose again about election-related violence in East Africa's largest economy.

Matiang'i said he had banned the demos from the city centers to protect Kenyans and their property, but opposition leaders vowed not to budge, saying demonstrating and picketing is their constitutional right.

"(The government) are talking about a benevolent dictatorship - we can assure them that the people of Kenya will not take it lying down", Odinga said.

In Kisumu, the main city in the west which is Odinga's stronghold, there were chaotic scenes as police fired teargas and gunshots rang out as protesters pelted them with stones.

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