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Millions of Kenyans poured into polling stations on March 4, to cast their ballots in a crucial presidential election. Voter turnout was tremendous, starting hours before dawn, with lines of voters stretching nearly a mile long. Some voters waited nine hours on their feet in the hot sun to cast their ballot. The presidential election was the first since 2007 which ushered in months of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced 600,000 from their homes. Election officials in Kenya are now counting ballots by hand after abandoning the electronic tabulation system. With about a quarter of votes counted, Uhuru Kenyatta, the scion of a political family who has been accused by the International Criminal Court of financing death squads, held a commanding lead of 55 percent to 41 percent over the second-place candidate, Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister. Election observers cautioned that the preliminary results might not be representative of the countrywide vote. Kenyans await the results. — Paula Nelson ( 40 photos total)

Kenyan soldiers exit the St Theresa Girl School, used as a polling and counting station as preliminary results trickle in for the general election in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya, March 6, 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. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)