The specter of violence looms over Kenya as locals and foreigners leave the country, anxious about a repeat of 2007 elections when a contested result caused clashes and the deaths of at least 1,300 people. Others are moving out of mixed neighborhoods, fearing violence along tribal lines.

To assuage those worries, president Kenyatta said that he would concede the election if he were to lose. “I’m the man who abides by the wish of the people and I pray that my opponents do the same. I ask Kenyans to look at one another as brother and sister,” he said over the weekend.

Opposition candidate Odinga has said he will not accept the results of a rigged election. ”If we lose fairly, we would accept, but if we lose unfairly, we would not accept … We are saying we are not going to take it lying down this time round,” he said earlier this year.

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