International observers declare Kenyan elections fair

International observers have declared Friday election in Kenya fair.

International monitors have declared Friday's election in Kenya to be fair. The vote brings to an end the 24-year rule of Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi.

Moi is stepping down as required by the country's constitution. He has ruled the East African nation since 1978.

Those in the race to succeed him include Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country's first president, Jomo Kenyatta. He is running under the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) party banner, and is Moi's hand-picked choice.

But recent polls have given the edge to opposition candidate Mwai Kibaki.

A Kibaki win would oust the party that has governed the East African nation since independence from Britain 40 years ago.

Preliminary results are expected on Saturday, but the final tally won't be known until Sunday at the earliest.

About 10.5 million people are registered to vote. Besides choosing a new president, they will elect 210 members of Parliament and 2,104 local councillors.

Polls five and 10 years ago were marred by violence and allegations of vote-rigging.

This year, about 20,000 Kenyans are acting as monitors, with 140 foreign observers.