Fights as campaigning in Kenya ends

Police use tear gas to disperse supporters as candidates hold final rallies.

    Kibaki is seeking a second term in office [EPA]
    'We will win'
     
    Kenyan elections


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    Both men held rallies in the city, Odinga in Nairobi's sports stadium and Kibaki in the city's main park.
     
    Odinga has promised voters he will develop a new constitution and fight the country's endemic corruption, accusing Kibaki of "dereliction of duty [that] has been most appalling".
     
    Kibaki, who is seeking a second term, has denied the allegations and appealed for a peaceful ballot.
     
    "Let's not beat anybody. We do not have to be violent, let's be peaceful and we will win," he said.
     
    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons said in Kenya that Odinga appeared to have captured the popular vote but the election was still too close to call.
     
    Violence fears
     
    Kibaki has the support of his Kikuyu ethnic community, the largest of Kenya's approximate 40 tribes, and is also popular in the northern and eastern provinces.
     
    Odinga, a former political prisoner, enjoys the backing of his western Luo community, but also has support from other ethnic groups who think the Kikuyus were favoured under Kibaki.
     
    Kenyans fear the closeness of the contest will provoke rigging and more violence in the East African country.
     
    About 14 million Kenyans are eligible to vote in Thursday's presidential and parliamentary polls and official results are expected on Friday morning.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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