Kenya’s protest has escalated as violent clashes with police kill at least three people while security crackdown continues despite warnings over police brutality.
It is the fourth demonstration in the past four months with protest led by main opposition party calling for the resignation of Kenya’s commission responsible for regulating elections ahead of next year’s general poll, Vice News reports.
The protests called by the opposition coalition CORD happened in regions considered as political strong holds of the party.
Heavy security presence was witnessed in the towns as police insisted the protests were illegal .
Dubbed the ‘mother of all demonstration’, CORD is pushing for the scrapping of the electoral commission saying it is politically biased.
3 killed in protest against Kenya’s electoral commission https://t.co/vy3TNj1eVk— Nigerian Tribune (@nigeriantribune) May 23, 2016
The East African country has seen political tensions soar over the past three weeks as protesters call for the reform of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The protesters are against several corruption allegations involving the IEBC.
It is now in its fourth week come ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in August 2017.
Kenya’s government has however called on the opposition not to stage protests against the electoral body but should follow the constitution in their quest to remove the commissioners.
However, CORD has vowed to keep up with the protests in Nairobi and in other regions.