Nairobi (CNN)Kenyan police clashed with protesters in opposition strongholds as the nation voted for a new president Thursday, leaving one person dead and more injured , Watch Kenya Election results on below link.
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The main opposition candidate had urged his supporters to boycott the latest election — the second in less than three months — reflecting bitter divisions in the nation.
Voting appeared peaceful in most of the country.
But tensions were running high in the western town of Kisumu and the Kibera slum area of the capital, Nairobi, both bastions of support for opposition leader Raila Odinga.
One death from a gunshot wound was confirmed by hospital officials in Kisumu, where police used tear gas and water cannons on opposition supporters and roads remained barricaded.
Four other people were admitted with bullet wounds and 19 more are being treated after being beaten by police, the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital said.
Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino declined to comment immediately on the reports of election-related violence in Kisumu.
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A teenage boy was shot by police and later died amid clashes in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold where some have blocked access to polling stations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in an August vote, but it is being held again over “irregularities”.
Turnout appears high in ruling party strongholds but lower elsewhere.
Mr Kenyatta is seeking a second term. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the contest.
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The polls opened at 06:00 (03:00 GMT) with tens of thousands of police and other security staff deployed to protect voters and polling stations.
International observers have scaled down their missions for security reasons.
One voter in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, taxi driver David Njeru, 26, told the AFP news agency: “It is my duty to vote. Last time the queue was all around the block and I waited six hours to vote, this time the people are few.”
After casting his vote in the town of Gatundu, Mr Kenyatta urged people to cast their ballots so the country could move on.
“We’re tired as a country of electioneering. It’s time we moved forward,” he said, adding that most of the country was “calm and peaceful”.