Kenyan police have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who had gathered to demand the resignation of a body supervising next year’s presidential elections. Hundreds demonstrated on Monday in Nairobi near the office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). They were demanding the resignation of the electoral body, saying it would rig the 2017 presidential elections. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi, said security was tight in the Kenyan capital after the protesters – who have pledged to gather every Monday – were dispersed. “The protesters, led by opposition leader Raila Odinga, were demanding the resignation of the electoral commission as they believe there is already a plan to rig next year’s general elections in favour of the ruling party,” she said.
“The claims have been denied by the electoral body, which has described them as mere allegations and challenged the opposition to provide evidence.”
“IEBC must go,” the protesters shouted as dozens of police with support vehicles were mobilised on Monday in Nairobi.
Kenya’s presidential and parliamentary polls are more than a year away but politicians are already lining up for what could be a bruising battle.
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