- Title: Jittery Kenyans vote in Odinga's last bid for presidency
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) (MUTE) EXTERIOR OF POLLING STATION / CROWD TRYING TO GET IN VARIOUS OF CROWD WAITING TO ENTER POLLING STATION CROWD ENTERING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LYING ON THE FLOOR AFTER STAMPEDE RECEIVING ASSISTANCE FROM IEBC (INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION) OFFICIALS AND POLICE VARIOUS OF INJURED WOMAN BEING LIFTED FROM GROUND AND BEING CARRIED OFF
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2017 06:29
- Keywords: Kenya elections first voting Nairobi voters stampede injured
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TAPC93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING
Thousands of Kenyans queued from midnight to vote in Tuesday (August 8) general election.
In Nairobi's Moi Avenue polling station the crowd pushed through the gate when they opened at 6am local (0300gmt) and some people were injured or fainted following a stampede.
Millions of people are going to the polls amid fears that the latest electoral clash between its foremost political dynasties could once again descend into violence.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, the businessman son of Kenya's first president, is running for the second time against arch rival Raila Odinga, a 72-year-old former political prisoner and son of the east African nation's first vice-president.
After two months of campaigning marked by fiery rhetoric but public speeches largely free of the ethnic hate that has sullied previous contests, opinion polls have put the pair neck-and-neck. The winner needs one vote more than 50 percent.
First results are not expected before Wednesday, but a very close race might mean as long as three days before a winner emerges. Officially, election authorities have up to a week to declare the outcome.
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