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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.

Roopa Gogineni |

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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