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Thursday October 26 2017

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Kibera residents clash with police officers near Olympic Primary School on October 26, 2017 during the presidential election. They had barricaded the entrance to the school, denying IEBC officials access to the polling centre. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A man was shot dead in Mathare North’s area 2A, as youth protested during the repeat presidential election on Thursday.

The youth engaged police in running battles and erected barriers across the road as police shot in the air and tear-gassed them.

In Kibera, two people sustained gunshot injuries as anti-riot police officers engaged rowdy youths in running battles.

The Nation learnt that the two were shot near Equity Bank in Ayany as well as Bombolulu.

The youths had earlier barricaded the entrance to Olympic Primary School in Kibra Constituency, denying IEBC officials access to the polling centre.

In the melee, several windows at the school were shattered. Traders closed their businesses for fear of looters.

The officers, however, managed to contain the situation, albeit, temporarily.

This in turn offered IEBC officials a window to quickly transport voting materials, but under heavy police escort.

However, no voting took place and three youths were arrested.

In Starehe Constituency, which is home to the seat of government, sporadic voting patterns were witnessed in nearly all the polling centres, even though there were no logistical or security challenges on the rainy day.

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki toured at least two polling centres and expressed satisfaction with the exercise but noted there was a lower turn out.

In Embakasi North, elected leaders resorted to mobilising voters to go and cast their votes.

Speaking at Dandora Primary School on Thursday, MP James Gakuya said they had a team ensuring that every registered voter went out to vote.

In Embakasi Central, voting began slowly with most polling centres opening late.

A heavy downpour in the city further complicated matters with most voters waiting at home for the rain to subside.

In Makadara, two people were arrested as they attempted to block voters from accessing the Makongeni polling centre.

Former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo said he had asked youths to remain peaceful and exercise their democratic right to vote.

In Westlands, voting started at 6am amid low turnout.

In Kangemi, residents who voted arrived early in the morning and by mid-morning, most polling centres were recording a low turnout.

Voting in one of the polling stations at New Kihumbuini Primary School was delayed after a Kiems kit failed but was later replaced.

In Ruaraka Constituency, voting went on without disruption despite several attempts by demonstrators.

However, shorter queues were witnessed in Lucky Summer, Babadogo Primary, and Babadogo Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Reports by Collins Omulo, Ibrahim Oruko, Ouma Wanzala, Faith Nyamai, Ken Kimanthi, Abiud Ochieng, Silas Apollo, Benson Matheka, John Ashihundu and Brian Moseti