Kenya Presidential Election: The most important election in all of Africa?

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Kenyans are heading to the polls today. The country's last presidential election sparked brutal violence, leaving 13-hundred people dead and threatening to rip the country apart. Two of the men on the ballot today are facing charges of Crimes Against Humanity for their alleged role in the killings... and the country is once again on a knife's edge.



Kenya Presidential Election: The most important election in all of Africa? - Sara-Christine Gemson

Kenyans are going to the polls today... and the tension is palpable. It's the first election since 2007, when a disputed presidential race produced brutal violence that left 1,300 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. The violence -- fueled by deep-seated political and ethnic resentment -- left four prominent political leaders facing charges of Crimes Against Humanity. Two of those men are on the ballot today.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of Kenyans gathered in Nairobi for an entire day of music, dancing and speeches. The two presidential front-runners held separate rallies on the last day of the campaign. Uhuru park was painted red by those voting for Uhuru Kenyatta, one of the candidates indicted by the ICC, but the mood was upbeat and festive. For a sense of how things are going so far, we're joined first by Sara-Christine Gemson. She's a reporter with the Kenyan newspaper, The Daily Nation and she's in Nairobi.

Stephane Mondon is the Chief of Mission for Kenya with the Carter Center. He's observing the election in Nairobi.

Kenya Presidential Election: The most important election in all of Africa?

Mwangi Kimenyi is watching these elections with interest as well. He is a Kenyan, a senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

This segment was produced by The Current's Naheed Mustafa and Howard Goldenthal.

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