Photos: Kenyan presidential poll peaceful,violence feared over results

Results released by Kenya’s electoral commission show incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, leading against opposition leader Raila Odinga with a margin of 1.3 million votes in the country's presidential elections.Though polls passed peacefully, fears linger that Odinga’s supporters could take their struggle for power to the streets in coming days. The leader of Kenya’s opposition has allegeged a hacking breach which manipulated the results in Kenyatta's favour.

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Millions of people headed to the ballot across Kenya to cast their votes in presidential elections, seen as a key test of the stability of one of Africa’s most important countries.The leader of Kenya’s opposition, Raila Odinga, has rejected early presidential results that projected victory to the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, raising concerns that his supporters could take to the streets in protest. Odinga’s rejection of the 2007 presidential poll results, marred by allegations of irregularities prompted rioting and retaliation by security forces that tipped the country into its worst crisis in decades. (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

Millions of people headed to the ballot across Kenya to cast their votes in presidential elections, seen as a key test of the stability of one of Africa’s most important countries.The leader of Kenya’s opposition, Raila Odinga, has rejected early presidential results that projected victory to the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, raising concerns that his supporters could take to the streets in protest. Odinga’s rejection of the 2007 presidential poll results, marred by allegations of irregularities prompted rioting and retaliation by security forces that tipped the country into its worst crisis in decades. (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

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A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Gatundu, Kenya. Post-election violence in 2007 killed more than 1,400 people and displaced half a million, plunging the country into outright civil war. In 2013, Odinga lost again to Uhuru Kenyatta. There was no violence then, but the result was controversial over claims of electoral rigging. (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

A woman casts her vote during the presidential election at a polling station in Gatundu, Kenya. Post-election violence in 2007 killed more than 1,400 people and displaced half a million, plunging the country into outright civil war. In 2013, Odinga lost again to Uhuru Kenyatta. There was no violence then, but the result was controversial over claims of electoral rigging. (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

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Policemen walk past tyres set on fire by supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, after their political leader claimed the early results were ‘fake’ and ‘fictious’. Kenyatta and Odinga have been fierce tribal rivals since the 1960s. Kenyatta is in a bid to avoid becoming the first Kenyan president to lose re-election, meanwhile at Odinga at 72, is looking at his last chance at the presidency. (REUTERS)

Policemen walk past tyres set on fire by supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, after their political leader claimed the early results were ‘fake’ and ‘fictious’. Kenyatta and Odinga have been fierce tribal rivals since the 1960s. Kenyatta is in a bid to avoid becoming the first Kenyan president to lose re-election, meanwhile at Odinga at 72, is looking at his last chance at the presidency. (REUTERS)

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Observers see the election as the last confrontation of the dynastic rivalry between the families of Kenyatta and Odinga, which has lasted more than half a century. (cARL dE sOUZA/AFP)

Observers see the election as the last confrontation of the dynastic rivalry between the families of Kenyatta and Odinga, which has lasted more than half a century. (cARL dE sOUZA/AFP)

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Results released by Kenya’s election commission put Kenyatta on 55% and Odinga on 45%, after more than nine out of 10 polling stations had reported. Turnout appears to have been around 75%. (Jerome Delay/AP)

Results released by Kenya’s election commission put Kenyatta on 55% and Odinga on 45%, after more than nine out of 10 polling stations had reported. Turnout appears to have been around 75%. (Jerome Delay/AP)

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Most Kenyans say they do not want to see the kind of violence that nearly tipped the country into a civil war after the 2007 presidential election, and thousands have fled cities to avoid potential clashes. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS)

Most Kenyans say they do not want to see the kind of violence that nearly tipped the country into a civil war after the 2007 presidential election, and thousands have fled cities to avoid potential clashes. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS)

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A Kenya Administration police officer monitors access to a polling station at Kariokor Community Centre in Nairobi during general elections. Efforts were made to head off potential violence once voting ended. The two leading candidates made pleas for peace and even former US President Barack Obama, whose father was born in the country called on Kenyans to reject violence. (Luis Tato/AFP)

A Kenya Administration police officer monitors access to a polling station at Kariokor Community Centre in Nairobi during general elections. Efforts were made to head off potential violence once voting ended. The two leading candidates made pleas for peace and even former US President Barack Obama, whose father was born in the country called on Kenyans to reject violence. (Luis Tato/AFP)

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Kenyan inmates wait in line to cast their vote in Kisumu maximum prison in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria. At least 145 inmates have cast their ballot at the Kisumu maximum prison in Kenya. This is the first time that inmates in Kenya are being allowed to vote. (Kevin Midigo/AFP)

Kenyan inmates wait in line to cast their vote in Kisumu maximum prison in Kisumu, on Lake Victoria. At least 145 inmates have cast their ballot at the Kisumu maximum prison in Kenya. This is the first time that inmates in Kenya are being allowed to vote. (Kevin Midigo/AFP)

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Voting officials count ballots at the Victoria primary school polling station in Kisumu. After the voting, officials ensured that the ballots were properly counted, which was being done manually and matched with electronic data in an effort to ensure no ballot stuffing occurred. (Fredrik Lernery/AFP)

Voting officials count ballots at the Victoria primary school polling station in Kisumu. After the voting, officials ensured that the ballots were properly counted, which was being done manually and matched with electronic data in an effort to ensure no ballot stuffing occurred. (Fredrik Lernery/AFP)

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Raila Odinga, the leader of Kenya’s opposition has claimed he was cheated of victory in an overnight hacking attack which manipulated the results in the country’s presidential election tipping them in favour of incumbent Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (pictured above). (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

Raila Odinga, the leader of Kenya’s opposition has claimed he was cheated of victory in an overnight hacking attack which manipulated the results in the country’s presidential election tipping them in favour of incumbent Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (pictured above). (Baz Ratner/REUTERS)

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