Kenyan police clashed with protesters in opposition strongholds as the nation voted for a new president Thursday, leaving one person dead and scores injured.
The main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, had urged his supporters to boycott the re-run election, which is the second in less than three months.
It was learnt that voting appeared peaceful in most parts 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 the opposition leader.
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.
But Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino declined to comment immediately on the reports of election-related violence in Kisumu, as opposition supporters were seen burning tyres during protests in Kisumu, Kenya, on Thursday.
Voting materials arrived in Kisumu, but electoral commission officials could not be found at some polling stations.
Many Kisumu residents were staying away from the polls as a protest.
In the capital city of Nairobi, security was tight as soldiers equipped with long guns and tear gas canisters hovered near polling stations.
It was gathered that Kenyan officers charge at stone-throwing residents during clashes in Kibera.
In Kibera, the main opposition stronghold in the city, protesters pelted police with stones as officers used tear gas and fired some live ammunition and blanks into the air as a warning to disperse.
“There is no voting here, leave us alone,” protesters shouted. “No Raila, no peace!”
The scene was peaceful, however, in Kiambu, an area north of Nairobi where support for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is strong.
Speaking on national TV, the chairman of Kenya’s electoral board, Wafula Chebukati, said the vote had been postponed until October 28 in five counties, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homabay, Busia.
Chebukati said most polls will close at 5 p.m. local time on Thursday.
He added that some have been extended due to “logistical challenges” in opening on time.
According to Kenya electoral law, electoral officials have a week to declare the final results.