It is critical that Kenya's middle-class "do the right thing" in the days and weeks surrounding the election, say activists in the country.
With Kenya being a hub of East African trade, it is crucial that stability is ensured to help the country, and region, progress. But the threat of violence hangs over this poll, with a history of bungled elections marred by killings drawn largely along tribal divides.
"You never know the time the tipping point arrives," says musician Eric Wainaina. "Did Tunisia know the time had come? Did Egypt?"
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