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Kenyan men watch television in the Kibera slum as preliminary results trickle in after Monday's general election. 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated Press

A man reads a local Kenyan newspaper as the vote counting continues.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL IRUNGU / EPA

Voters continue waiting in line at sunset to vote at a polling station north of Nairobi. The nationwide election is seen as the country's most important - and complicated - in its 50-year history.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Military personnel stand guard at a polling station in the Kibera slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kabir Dhanji / EPA

An officer walks past rows of ballot boxes at a vote tallying center. With about a third of the ballots counted, provisional results showed Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces charges at the International Criminal Court, taking an early lead Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Staff from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission empty ballots for counting at a polling station at the Kibra Social Grounds.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGINA GOODWIN / AFP / Getty Images

Street artist Solomon Muyundo, also known as Solo7, paints a message of peace on the pavement near a polling station in the Kibera slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / EPA

Kenyans line up to vote at a polling station in the Kibera slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated Press

A woman casts her vote in the Mutumo primary school near Gatundu, north of Nairobi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Masaai line up to vote in a general election.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Riccardo Gangale / Associated Press

Posters of Raila Odinga remained largely untouched in his traditional stronghold of Kibera a day after Kenyans voted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KABIR DHANJI / EPA

An election official checks the ID card of a voter by using the light of a mobile phone at a polling station without electricity in the Kibera slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kabir Dhanji / EPA

A man waits for his turn to vote at a polling station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kabir Dhanji / EPA

A presiding officer from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission holds a ballot after emptying the box for counting at the South C polling station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMON MAINA / AFP / Getty Images

Men watch the incoming provisional election results on a television outside a shop in the Kibera slum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHIL MOORE / AFP / Getty Images

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By Robyn Dixon

NAIROBI, Kenya — George Oduor saw a friend hacked to death with machetes as the disputed 2007 elections triggered tribal violence that sent many Kenyans fleeing from their homes. He survived only because the killers were from his own Luo tribe.

As Kenyans went to the polls Monday for a new round of elections that pitted tribal leaders against each other, those memories came flooding back — fed by gangs of Luos who began agitating last week to drive the remaining members of the Kikuyu tribe out of Oduor’s neighborhood.

“These gangs say, ‘If you know your neighbor is a Kikuyu, tell him to leave, and if you don’t tell him, you will be in trouble,’ ” said Oduor, who lives in the Nairobi slum of Mathare. “I don’t want to see violence, because violence makes us refugees.”

The two presidential front-runners, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, lead political coalitions based on rival tribal groupings. They have vowed to abide by the results, but some Kenyans fear violence from Odinga’s Luos or Kenyatta’s Kikuyus if either candidate loses.

With eight candidates vying to replace outgoing President Mwai Kibaki, most analysts predict that neither Odinga nor Kenyatta will get more than 50% of the vote, which would mean a runoff next month. Results are not expected for several days.

Read full story: Kenyans fear tribal violence as elections get underway

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