A young child is among at least three people shot dead during protests following the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A witness said the child was on a balcony in Nairobi’s Mathare slum when they were killed by a stray bullet from police firing sporadic shots.

A health chief confirmed another death in the Kisumu county while a police officer revealed a separate fatal shooting in the town of Siaya.

Four people were also injured after opposition supporters staged protests at the outcome of the election, which they claim was rigged.

The demonstrations have largely taken place in opposition strongholds, but have generated comparisons with the disputed 2007 election which led to two months of ethno-political violence that left 1,100 people dead.

The protests come as Kenya’s main domestic poll monitoring organisation, ELOG, says it has found no evidence to suggest the election was manipulated or inaccurate.

The group’s own vote tally projected 54% of the vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta, compared to the official count of 54.3%, which ELOG said was well within their 1.9% margin of error.

Earlier opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed his loss was down to vote rigging and said the election was a charade.

The 72-year-old politician has now had four unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency.

Protests in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi have left burning tyres, debris and looted shops following running battles between opposition supporters and police.

In Kisumu, three men were treated in hospital after they were shot by police. Two men also sustained gunshot wounds in Mathare slum.

The country’s election commission said Mr Kenyatta won the election with 54.27% of the vote, calling it credible, fair and peaceful.

Mr Odinga took 44.74%, according to commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.

Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.

Mr Kenyatta, 55, is a wealthy businessman and the son of Kenya’s first president. He called for unity this week, saying there is no need for violence.

He added: I reach out to you. I reach out to all your supporters. To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of the same republic.

(c) Sky News 2017: Child shot dead in Kenya election protests