Kenyans Go to the Polls

By Jane Hwang - 2013-03-04T20:16:14Z

Photograph by Jennifer Huxta/AFP via Getty Images

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Despite the Fear of Violence

Long lines of Kenyans queued up way before dawn to vote today in the first election since the violence-wracked polls five years ago, but a deadly ambush of police hours before polling started marring the key ballot. The tense elections are seen as a crucial test for Kenya, with leaders vowing to avoid a repeat of the bloody 2007-08 post-poll violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed and observers repeatedly warning of the risk of renewed conflict. 

Left, Kenyans in the Dandora neighborhood of Nairobi wait to vote at James Gichuru Primary School on March 4, 2013.