Kenyans at the ballot to decide next president

Kenya on a knife edge ahead of high-stakes elections

Kenya on a knife edge ahead of high-stakes elections

Christine Siambe, 18, was all smiles.

Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, joined former South African president Thabo Mbeki - who is leading the African Union's monitoring of the election - and former USA secretary of state John Kerry in calling for a peaceful and untainted election. "If we get that, we'll all agree".

Reaction to the result could partly depend on the performance of Kenya's electoral commission, which will collect vote counts from more than 40,000 polling stations.

Voters cut sleep short and began to line up as early as 12 a.m.

However, some Kenyans are anxious by memories of the violent months that followed the 2007 vote and say there could be trouble ahead.

Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president and the country's youngest leader at 55, is seeking a second five-year term.

Kenya's fiercely contested presidential election on August 8 will take place under heavy security.

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He made his first visit to the country as president in 2015, a two-day stop that included a dinner with relatives and a speech to the Kenyan people.

Kenya's president and opposition leader both held election rallies outside their ethnic strongholds this week, as the candidates push harder to win votes in areas dominated by their rivals.

In Kibera, Oyugi Otieno, 25, was confident that this time history here in Kenya would be different. Problems with electronic voting in the closely contested 2013 election led to accusations the vote was rigged.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company Manager for Lamu County Bernard Munywere Kataka said Monday an electricity pylon carrying over 220 kilovolts of electricity fell after the blast. Kenyans are likely to know before the end of this week who that candidate would be.

While in Rwanda there was little doubt that incumbent president Paul Kagame, would once again sweep the election, Kenya's elections appear to be much more competitive. The disabled and the old have also been moved to voting centres around the country to cast their votes. According to the autopsy, Msando was tortured.

Needless to say, tensions are running high in the country. The bishops also proposed a prayer novena for the nine days leading up to the vote.

In a televised national address recently, President Kenyatta urged a peaceful vote and outcome. They had to finish with me before letting someone else in.

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"No matter the result of this election, we must stand together as one people", Kenyatta said. Above all, we reject intimidation.

As morning turned to afternoon in Kenya, most polls seemed to be functioning with few irregularities.

One local newspaper reported that the authorities had sent large amounts of body bags to Kisumu, the city in Kenya's far west where the Luo are a majority.

"I am all for Odinga, he will change things".

After casting his vote, President Kenyatta said he was confident of winning because he ran a positive campaign.

"We are concerned that at the time of counting, will the counting be done well?" he said.

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