>> Police using tear gas to disperse opposition protestors in Nairobi on Wednesday, as Kenya lurched deeper into a political crisis. Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta had been due to face off against opposition leader, Raila Odinga, in a repeat election on October the 26th, that after August's vote was annulled by the Supreme Court due to irregularities.
t Odinger pulled out of the rerun on Tuesday, saying it would not be free and fair, after his demand for some members of Kenya's Electoral Board to be replaced, were not met. Reuters Katharine Houreld is in Nairobi.>> Odinger's decision has thrown the country into political turmoil.
It's very unclear what will happen next. President Uhuru Kenyatta told a rally yesterday that the vote would go ahead, even if Odinga decided not to participate.>>
>> Adding to to the confusion were two decisions, one judicial and one political, both taken on Wednesday. Kenya's high court ruled that who polled less than 1% in August's ballot, could run in the new election.
Alcott is yet to announce if he will definitely stand again. Separately, Kenya's Parliament passed an amendment to existing election law stating that if a candidate withdraws from a rerun, then the remaining candidate wins without the poll having to take place.>> The ayes have it.>> Two weeks until the elections are due to be held, it's unclear who will be on the ballot, whether elections will be held at all, or which of the other minor also run candidates might seek to be included.
The Election Board says it hasn't printed ballot papers. So, there's still time to prepare, but that time is running out fast.>> All this has led to more than a thousand opposition protestors taking to the streets in Nairobi and Kisumu, calling for election reform and the dismissal of electoral board members, and protesting against the Election Law Amendment.
Chaotic scenes on the streets of Nairobi, a reflection of the country's political turmoil.