March 2 - The world is watching as Kenya heads to the polls Monday hoping to avoid the violence that plagued the election five years ago. Julie Noce reports.
In the run-up to what's expected to be a neck and neck presidential election, officials in Kenya and worldwide are hoping Monday's election is spared the violence seen five years ago in the last one. Prime Minster Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta - are the front runners, well ahead of the other six candidates. In 2007 more than 1200 people died in tribal violence, resulting in one of the candidates, Kenyatta, being indicted by the Hague for instigating the blodshed. The indictment, however, has only helped galvanise support for Kenyatta and his running mate, also indicted by the Hague, as many Kenyans see the charges as foreign meddling in domestic matters. Whoever the victor, the outcome of the election is being watched carefully as Kenya remains a key player on the international stage. Political analyst Tom Malti. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL ANALYST, TOM MALITI, SAYING: "Kenya is a regional hub, both economic and diplomatic regional hub, for the region, and if Kenya is stable then it means they can continue to do business to further relations with Kenya." Current polls suggest the race is too close to call, raising the prospect of a bruising run-off unless one candidate can get more than 50 percent.