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Kenya goes to polls in tightly-fought presidential race amid high security

Kenyans line up to vote in Bissil , 120 km south of Nairobi, Kenya,Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Kenyans are going to the polls to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Kenyans line up to vote in Bissil , 120 kilometres south of Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday. Kenya is going to the polls to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. AP

A Kenyan election volunteer walks past ballot boxes and electoral material to be distributed to various polling stations in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Kenyans are due to go to the polls on Aug. 8. to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Tensions soared in the last days of the campaign with the murder of a top election official and opposition claims that one of its vote tallying centres was raided by police, heightening a feverish atmosphere of conspiracy and suspicion. AP

Kenyans line up to vote in Bissil , 120 km south of Nairobi, Kenya,Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Kenyans are going to the polls to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Long lines of voters snaked outside of polling stations around the country, many of them camping out from before midnight, under heavy security. AP

Kenyans line up to vote in Bissil , 120 km south of Nairobi, Kenya,Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Kenyans are going to the polls to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Voting got underway shortly after 6am (8.30 am IST) and all eyes are on an electronic voter identification and tallying system whose success is seen as crucial to a smooth election. AP

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A Maasai lines up to vote in Bissil. The polls are seen as a litmus test of Kenya's progress since a disputed 2007 election sparked violence which left more than 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced. AP

Kenyans line up to vote in Bissil , 120 km south of Nairobi, Kenya,Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Kenyans are going to the polls to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

In Nairobi's largest slum Kibera, an opposition stronghold, angry shouts rang out due to a 15 minute delay, but calm swiftly returned as polling stations opened. AP


Published Date: Aug 08, 2017 10:59 AM | Updated Date: Aug 08, 2017 10:59 AM

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