Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election

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Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official said.

In the capital, Nairobi, police fired tear gas as opposition supporters tried to march to the central business district.

In Kisumu, Nyanza Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega said police would deal firmly with demonstrators who defy the ban to hold protests in the city centre which has been the theater of running battles in the past.

The election board has said the polls will go ahead anyway, pitting Kenyatta against six other candidates, none of whom polled more than 1 percent in the August election.

On Thursday, the government banned demonstrations in the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa and the western city of Kisumu.

The Supreme Court annulled that vote, citing irregularities, and called for a new one.

Odinga told Reuters that he might consider returning to the Supreme Court for clarification on whether the October 26 poll was legal.

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Opposition coalition Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya said police have allowed government supporters into the banned protest areas and that they were attacking opposition supporters.

Confusion reigns over upcoming election rerun after opposition leader Odinga refuses to take part, citing lack of electoral reforms.

Since the initial presidential election, protests have been taking place throughout the county on a almost daily basis, leaving 37 people dead. Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, this week said he has left the race because no reforms to electoral commission have been made.

"What we are demanding is that the electoral commission should respect the Supreme Court and carry out elections in accordance with the ruling".

Kenyatta said he has two weeks to consider the amendment to the country's electoral law, which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday amid strong criticism.

Opposition legislator James Orengo said the law will lower safeguards against vote-rigging by making the preferred system of transmitting election results a manual one.

National Assembly and Senate majority leaders Aden Duale and Kipchumba Murkomen told the same meeting that it was in the interest of the Kenyan people that the president takes the time to apply his mind, before signing the Bill into law. However the country still has grim memories of the perils of post-election violence, with a disputed 2007 poll sparking politically-motivated tribal clashes that left some 1,100 dead.

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