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Security tightened ahead of Kenya poll

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Security has been tightened in Kenya ahead of a controversial re-run of the presidential election which is being boycotted by the main opposition.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has urged people to vote and remain peaceful.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has pulled out of the election re-run, has called on his supporters to boycott it.

Mr Kenyatta was announced the winner in an 8 August vote but the poll is being held again because of “irregularities”.

Election commission chief Wafula Chebukati said the polls on Thursday would open at 06:00 (03:00 GMT) after being given assurances by the authorities.

Tens of thousands of police and other security personnel have been deployed to protect voters and polling stations.

Urging people to vote, President Kenyatta said: “Our forefathers fought and died for the right of the African to vote, we dare not reject this inheritance.”

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Supporters of President Kenyatta celebrate after an attempt to postpone Thursday’s vote failed

The announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Mr Kenyatta’s victory on 8 August led to inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on the body.

Last week, a senior member of the IEBC fled to the US amid death threats.

About 70 people have been killed in violence since Mr Kenyatta was declared the winner in August’s election.

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Mr Odinga had wanted the repeat ballot to be held at a later date, but a bid to delay the election re-run fell apart after only two out of seven Supreme Court judges attended a hearing on Wednesday.

One judge, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, failed to appear after her bodyguard was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen on Tuesday.

What went wrong in August?

Kenya’s Supreme Court took the unprecedented decision to annul the August presidential election and demand a re-run in September citing “irregularities and illegalities”.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”.

He said the verdict, which was

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