Police mobilize in major cities ahead of poll

Kenyan protests continue as election re-run nears

"We are not fools", Odinga told a Catholic congregation at a church service at St Peter's Claver, Kiminini. "We shall overcome again", Orengo said.

The diplomats also urged President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law amendments to the election laws as it will deteriorate the current political stalemate.

The country's Supreme Court is still hearing several cases challenging the legality of Thursday's poll or Odinga's withdrawal.

The political stand-off has also blunted growth in East Africa's richest economy, a nation valued for its stability and relative freedom in a region roiled by conflict.

Last week Odinga's supporters disrupted a training session for election officials in the western city of Kisumu, which is his political stronghold.

The diplomats urged the Opposition to desist from using violence and intimidation in an effort to stop the election from taking place as scheduled.

The UN and the African Union (AU) on Monday called on Kenyan leaders and their supporters to create the conditions for a peaceful presidential election.

A day before the August 8 poll, another member of the election board had been found tortured and murdered.

They said the onus to go on with the election or postpone it lies squarely with the electoral commission which is embattled.

On Tuesday, police fired tear gas and bullets into the air to disperse protesters in the capital Nairobi.

In a joint statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on all stakeholders to work closely with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure credible polls on October 26. We know that votes have already been printed and have been distributed. "As to how this will be done, we are waiting for the big announcement by Baba (Odinga) tomorrow", said one demonstrator, James Ouma.

Kenya's Supreme Court said Tuesday it would meet on the eve of the country's presidential election re-run to hear a last-minute petition challenging the ballot.

Kenyatta won that election but the Supreme Court nullified the result, saying there had been procedural irregularities and a repeat must be held.

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