People voting in Kenya’s general election amid fears that the result could trigger communal violence. President Uhuru Kenyatta called for unity, saying he would accept the result, and urged his rivals to do the same. He said Kenyans should “move forward as one nation”.
Queues at polling stations formed early and some minor stampedes were reported.
The contest pits Mr Kenyatta against his long-time rival, Raila Odinga, and is seen as too close to call.
Mr Kenyatta, the fifty-year-old son of Kenya’s founding president, is seeking a second and final term in office. The final week of campaigning has been marred by the murder of a top election official and claims of vote-rigging.
Observers say the leading candidates both avoided inflammatory speeches as polling day drew closer. In 2007, more than one thousand, one hundred Kenyans died and six hundred thousand were displaced after a disputed election – an outcome neither side wants to see repeated.