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Long lines in Kenya's watershed elections

Voting began in Kenya’s national election on Monday with long lines of voters in many parts of the country.

Long lines in Kenya's watershed elections

Kenyans waited in long lines before dawn to vote in Monday's national elections. 

But the important day was marred by two deadly overnight attacks in Mombasa and Kilifi that killed at least 17 people.

In 2007-2008, post-poll violence killed over 1,100 people, according to Agence France-Presse. Both presidential candidates, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, have vowed to avoid bloodshed.   

To win Kenya's election, GlobalPost's Tristan McConnell explains, "A presidential candidate must get more than 50 percent of votes cast plus 25 percent of votes in at least 24 of the 47 new counties. If there is no outright winner a second run-off is due in April."