Kenyans troop to Polling Stations to Vote new President

Former president Mahama plays peacemaker in Kenya prior to hotly contested elections

Election observers agree that the most critical aspect to the election's success is whether a biometric system of voter identification and tallying works on the day.

The final week of campaigning has been marred by the murder of a top election official and claims of vote-rigging.

"We want to alert our neighbours that we want peace", said Pastor Obed from Word of Life Harvest, a pentacostal church in Langas.

He urged Kenyans to vote peacefully and go home to await the results.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya's founding president, has called for his fellow Kenyans to respect the election results amid concerns.

Recently, a politician from Odinga's National Super Alliance opposition coalition asked ticket agents at the station to check the voting card of travellers to make sure they were registered where they were travelling, said Lary Taja, an agent at Machakos.

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Those travellers may represent votes that Odinga desperately needs to win what is probably the 72-year-old's last run at the presidency.

Kenyan are voting on Tuesday in the elections pitting Odinga against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The polls are seen as a litmus test of Kenya's progress since a disputed 2007 election sparked two months of violence which left more than 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displaced.

On Twitter, he accused election officials of "frustrating" his party agents because their accreditation details to observe the vote inside polling stations were on the wrong letterhead.

Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first president Jomo Kenyatta, is in a neck-and-neck race with Mr Odinga.

Heavily booked buses are ferrying Kenyans back to their hometowns, for some in order to vote where they are registered, but for others it is due to fears of post-election violence in the areas where they live. The violence broke down along ethnic lines, with Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe and Odinga's Luo fighting each other in riots and brutal street battles.

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The government deployed more than 150,000 security personnel, including wildlife rangers, to protect 41,000 polling stations.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is observing Kenya's elections, is calling for patience and says eventual vote-counting will be critical to the success of the process.

Queues at polling stations formed early and some minor stampedes were reported.

Voting opened in Kenya's presidential, parliamentary and gubernatorial elections Tuesday with 19.6 million voters expected at over 40,000 poll centres to elect 1,882 public officials, including the president. A recently instituted gender quota for the country's parliament has also prompted a backlash in the form of widespread violence against women running for office.

Her life here in Kenya is hard, he said.

The election is organized by Kenya's Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is among thousands of worldwide observers who have been monitoring the election process.

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