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In Pictures: Kenya poll run-up
Fearing a return of violence after the upcoming election, Kenyans are fleeing the cities for safer grounds.
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2013 15:13

As Kenyans prepare to go the polls in general elections on Monday, March 4, many here fear the return of the violence which marred the 2007 vote.

The December 2007 vote saw President Mwai Kibaki edge out his rival, Raila Odinga, in an election largely seen as rigged.

The controversial vote-tallying process sparked the most serious violent protests since the country's independence, in which more than 1,100 were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

While hoping for a peaceful vote, Kenyans are also bracing themselves for the worst.



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Kisumu residents watch the presidential debate in a barbershop. Kenya's third largest city, the stronghold of candidate Raila Odinga, erupted in violence after it was announced Odinga had lost the 2007 vote.
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Fearing a repeat of the last election crisis, many Kenyans are preemptively leaving cities.
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Winnie Kashoka, a Kikuyu shopkeeper in the Luo-dominated city of Kisumu, will return to her hometown of Nyeri before the election results are announced. After the last vote her store was looted and she fled town for several months.
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Overnight buses to Kisumu leave from a downtown station in Nairobi. Bus fares increase steeply before holidays and during election season in Kenya.
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Residents in the Fort Jesus neighborhood of Kibera constructed high walls to secure their homes inside.
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Suitcases are transported to the Machakos bus station in Nairobi.
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An overnight bus waits for passengers at the Olympic bus depot in Kibera.
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A campaign poster for presidential candidate Raila Odinga hangs in a hair salon in Kibera. The slum is part of Odinga's constituency and was hard hit by violence after the last elections.
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Amina, a Nubian woman living in Kibera, will stay during the elections. Nubians were the original settlers of Kibera, now one of Nairobi's largest slums.
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Minibuses, known as "matatus" in Swahili, leave from downtown Nairobi to upcountry destinations all over Kenya. In the days before the election, many Nairobi residents leave town for their ancestral homelands.
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Schools in Kibera are closing for at least one week during the elections.
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Kisumu residents watch the presidential debate in a barbershop. Kenya(***)s third largest city, the stronghold of candidate Raila Odinga, erupted in violence after it was announced Odinga had lost the 2007 vote.;*;Fearing a repeat of the last election crisis, many Kenyans are preemptively leaving cities.;*;Winnie Kashoka, a Kikuyu shopkeeper in the Luo-dominated city of Kisumu, will return to her hometown of Nyeri before the election results are announced. After the last vote her store was looted and she fled town for several months. ;*;Overnight buses to Kisumu leave from a downtown station in Nairobi. Bus fares increase steeply before holidays and during election season in Kenya.;*;Residents in the Fort Jesus neighborhood of Kibera constructed high walls to secure their homes inside.;*;Suitcases are transported to the Machakos bus station in Nairobi. ;*;An overnight bus waits for passengers at the Olympic bus depot in Kibera. ;*;A campaign poster for presidential candidate Raila Odinga hangs in a hair salon in Kibera. The slum is part of Odinga(***)s constituency and was hard hit by violence after the last elections.;*;Amina, a Nubian woman living in Kibera, will stay during the elections. Nubians were the original settlers of Kibera, now one of Nairobi\(***)s largest slums.;*;Minibuses, known as "matatus" in Swahili, leave from downtown Nairobi to upcountry destinations all over Kenya. In the days before the election, many Nairobi residents leave town for their ancestral homelands.;*;Schools in Kibera are closing for at least one week during the elections. Daylife ID:
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Kenya braces for electionhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:58:01 GMTFri, 01 Mar 2013 10:46:19 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0dJK7sb3aY2yZKisumu residents watch the presidential debate in a barbershop. Kenya's third largest city, the stronghold of candidate Raila Odinga, erupted in violence after it was announced Odinga had lost the 2007 vote.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0dJK7sb3aY2yZRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesKisumu residents watch the presidential debate in a barbershop. Kenya's third largest city, the stronghold of candidate Raila Odinga, erupted in violence after it was announced Odinga had lost the 2007 vote. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=029kbB08AabGbFearing a repeat of the last election crisis, many Kenyans are preemptively leaving cities.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=029kbB08AabGbRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesFearing a repeat of the last election crisis, many Kenyans are preemptively leaving cities. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=07TC2Nl6LcaPgWinnie Kashoka, a Kikuyu shopkeeper in the Luo-dominated city of Kisumu, will return to her hometown of Nyeri before the election results are announced. After the last vote her store was looted and she fled town for several months.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=07TC2Nl6LcaPgRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesWinnie Kashoka, a Kikuyu shopkeeper in the Luo-dominated city of Kisumu, will return to her hometown of Nyeri before the election results are announced. After the last vote her store was looted and she fled town for several months.
http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0gO362c0uV20eOvernight buses to Kisumu leave from a downtown station in Nairobi. Bus fares increase steeply before holidays and during election season in Kenya.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0gO362c0uV20eRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesOvernight buses to Kisumu leave from a downtown station in Nairobi. Bus fares increase steeply before holidays and during election season in Kenya. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=03ELf6OeeH11sResidents in the Fort Jesus neighborhood of Kibera constructed high walls to secure their homes inside.
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=03ELf6OeeH11sRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesResidents in the Fort Jesus neighborhood of Kibera constructed high walls to secure their homes inside.
http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=00NKf5Yf5V6PkSuitcases are transported to the Machakos bus station in Nairobi. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=00NKf5Yf5V6PkRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesSuitcases are transported to the Machakos bus station in Nairobi. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0cGa6OTelRbxGAn overnight bus waits for passengers at the Olympic bus depot in Kibera. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0cGa6OTelRbxGRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAn overnight bus waits for passengers at the Olympic bus depot in Kibera. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0d4Z6VIcdUdhqA campaign poster for presidential candidate Raila Odinga hangs in a hair salon in Kibera. The slum is part of Odinga's constituency and was hard hit by violence after the last elections.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0d4Z6VIcdUdhqRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA campaign poster for presidential candidate Raila Odinga hangs in a hair salon in Kibera. The slum is part of Odinga's constituency and was hard hit by violence after the last elections. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0dl0eKAfbh6FvAmina, a Nubian woman living in Kibera, will stay during the elections. Nubians were the original settlers of Kibera, now one of Nairobi's largest slums.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=0dl0eKAfbh6FvRoopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAmina, a Nubian woman living in Kibera, will stay during the elections. Nubians were the original settlers of Kibera, now one of Nairobi's largest slums. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=01FY0ee0284l4Minibuses, known as "matatus" in Swahili, leave from downtown Nairobi to upcountry destinations all over Kenya. In the days before the election, many Nairobi residents leave town for their ancestral homelands.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=01FY0ee0284l4Roopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesMinibuses, known as "matatus" in Swahili, leave from downtown Nairobi to upcountry destinations all over Kenya. In the days before the election, many Nairobi residents leave town for their ancestral homelands. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=06iT3PU0bR6H4Schools in Kibera are closing for at least one week during the elections.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362131880450?image_id=06iT3PU0bR6H4Roopa Gogineni Al JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesSchools in Kibera are closing for at least one week during the elections.


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