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March 4, 2013
Long wait in Kenya vote; 19 dead in Mombasa

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's presidential election drew millions of eager voters who endured long lines to cast ballots Monday, but the vote was marred by violence that left 19 people dead, including four policemen hacked to death by machete-wielding separatists.

Officials urged voters not to be intimidated by the violence amid fears the impending election results could spark another round of the ethnic-related bloodshed in which more than 1,000 people died after the 2007 vote.

The election is the first presidential poll under a new constitution designed to prevent the ethnic violence of 2007-08. Enthusiastic voters formed long lines around the country, and election officials estimated turnout at 70 percent of 14 million registered voters.

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Election volunteers listen to instructions before proceeding to the opening of the ballot boxes at a polling station in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. Kenya on Monday held its first presidential election since the 2007 vote which ushered in months of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced 600,000 from their homes. AP / Jerome Delay
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A party observer, left, asks to help a Kenyan lady cast her ballots at a polling station in the Kibera slum in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. K AP / Jerome Delay
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An election official hands out ballots at a polling station in the Kibera slum in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyans line up to vote at a polling station in the Kibera slum in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyans line up to vote at a polling station in the Kibera slum in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyans line up early in the morning for voting in a general election in Kisumu, west of Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / James Keyi
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An elderly lady walks with a cane to cast her vote in the Mutumo primary school near Gatundu, north of Nairobi, in Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Masaai line up to vote in a general election in Ilbissil, Kenya, Monday March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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A Masaai walks to a polling station to vote in a general election in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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Masaai women line up at dawn to vote in a general election in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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Sarah James Kanaja, left, waits in line with her daughter Silvia, 3, as Kenyans line up to cast their vote in a general election at the Mutomo primary school near Gatundu, north of Nairobi, in Kenya early Monday morning, March 4, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Voters who waited in line for many hours queue at sunset to vote at a polling station in Githurai, north of Nairobi, in Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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A Masaai woman with her baby on her back votes in a general election in Ilbissil, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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A Kenyan man gets his hand marked after he cast his ballots at a polling station in the Kibera slum in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyans cast their vote in a general election at the Mutomo primary school near Gatundu, north of Nairobi, in Kenya early Monday morning, March 4, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Masaai line up to vote in a general election outside an elementary school in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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A police officer looks on as Masaai line up to vote in a general election in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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Voters who waited in line for many hours, one carrying an umbrella to protect against the sun, queue at sunset to vote at a polling station in Githurai, north of Nairobi, in Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Masaai walk with their ID cards in their hands towards a polling station for a general election in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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Masaai line up to vote at dawn in a general election in Kumpa, Kenya, Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Riccardo Gangale
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Kenyans line up outside a polling station to vote in a general election in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, March 4, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay

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