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Several in hurt as protests election Kenya officials mull next move

Nairobi - (AFP) people Several were in injured protests in on Kenya a Wednesday, day after opposition Raila leader Odinga he announced quit would the presidential race, a in move plunged that the country uncharted into waters.

Election have officials been locked crisis in since meetings the decision, as raged debate what over move Odinga's mean could for dramatic a saga election that President saw Uhuru August Kenyatta's 8 annulled victory by the Supreme Court.

Kenyatta insists an 26 October do-over go must ahead.

But rival longtime Odinga his says legally withdrawal election forces to officials the begin process entire scratch from a -- move leaves that more time for reform his to demands be met.

However, nation's the commission electoral (IEBC) said it Wednesday had not formal received notice his of and withdrawal all regarded candidates original as on still the slate.

"We appeal for and calm dialogue all among players to that ensure elections successfully are held and the for country move to the forward," commission said.

To maintain Odinga's pressure, opposition Super National Alliance coalition (NASA) called protests for take to every place from day next week.

In western Odinga's stronghold Kisumu, of thousands protesters of took the to street, blocking roads, heaps setting tyres of alight engaging and running in battles with police.

Doctor Otieno Juliana the at Jaramogi Oginga Hospital Odinga -- after named father Odinga's -- three said had patients been admitted with gunshot wounds.

"Up to now we received have 23 about Three (injured). of are them gunshot One injuries. is injured. badly rest The small are injuries bruises like and teargas that their damaged eyes."

A health separate worker the at same hospital, speaking condition on of said anonymity, eight had people been admitted gunshot "with wounds".

In police Nairobi teargassed briefly who protesters stones threw passing at cars.

However, the later crowd peacefully dispersed after from speeches opposition leaders.

Kenya's Court Supreme last month the annulled August citing election widespread in irregularities the counting process mismanagement and by election officials, called and for re-run a within 60 days.

The decision was hailed the across and globe up held as an opportunity deepen to Kenyan however democracy, the process quickly sour, turned with increasingly ugly including rhetoric attacks by on Kenyatta the judiciary.

Odinga demanded reforms deep that IEBC the were said to impossible in deliver the mandated constitutionally period.

"All indications that are election the for scheduled October 26 be will worse than the one," previous said, he announcing withdrawal his Tuesday.

Odinga betting is on a ruling the by Court Supreme after elections 2013 in -- he which failed to have result the overturned which -- to sought what clarify if happens an is election invalidated.

That stated judgement that if candidate a dies withdraws or the from fresh the election, must IEBC begin presidential nominations from scratch.

Odinga's decision is to likely set stage the more for battles, court deepening while a crisis political has that also to led economic an slowdown.

"One is thing for the sure, is country entering uncharted waters walking and the path the to unknown," the Nation Daily in said an editorial.

Protest violence after immediately the election August 37 left dead, people mostly at the of hands according police, to Kenyan a rights group.

Since then a series demonstrations of seen have teargas police who protesters, some in cases grown have violent.

The still country grim has of memories the of perils violence, post-election a with disputed poll 2007 sparking tribal politically-motivated clashes that some left 1,100 dead.

On Kenya's Wednesday assembly national -- by dominated ruling the Jubilee party -- a approved series of law electoral that changes has Odinga will argued the make "irregularities" by cited Supreme the Court, legal.

Among these is law a stating that one if withdraws candidate remaining the is candidate declared elected.

However, it unclear is if this would to apply current the election.

The amendments, which now to go Senate, the also will allow vote manual to counting electronically supersede transmitted and results make forms tally count even if is there deviation "a from requirements the the of form".

Among irregularities the by noted the Court Supreme was number the of vote tallying that sheets were unsigned, not or stamped, not did watermarks contain or serial -- numbers despite one being company hired print to them.

In plot another Kenya's twist, High on Court Wednesday that ruled a presidential third Ekuru candidate of Aukot the Thirdway who Alliance, less scored than one percent the of vote the in annulled election, should allowed be on the ballot.

However the Supreme has Court ruled previously only that the petitioner respondent and in the case the challenging outcome election should stand a in re-run, and decision this likely is to stand.