Polls Close in Kenya's Tight Race

Chief EU election observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff told Reuters today that he didn't think the election mix-ups were the result of voter fraud but occurred because of the huge voter turnout.

"There's so many people here and it's really chaotic," Lambsdorff told Reuters.

As the polls closed, Reuters reported that a gunman opened fire near the Kibera polling station, killing one man and wounding two others. Police said it was the work of ordinary criminals, but the opposition said the attack was deliberate and political.

Political analysts said that whatever the result, the fact that an incumbent president may be voted out democratically in an African nation, which had its first open elections only five years ago after enduring one-president rule for 24 years, is a major step toward greater democracy.

The candidate who wins the popular vote as well as 25 percent in five of Kenya's eight provinces will win the election. The first official results are expected Friday.

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