>> The campaigning is over. Kenyans are today voting in a Presidential race pollsters say is too close to call. Reuters correspondent, Duncan Miriri is in Nairobi and says a lot of residents are apprehensive.>> There's palpable fear among residents of the big cities like here in Nairobi. And we've seen some of them opting to leave town ahead of the elections, in droves.
Now some are going to their rural homes to vote, while others are leaving because they fear that there could be violence.>> Presidential incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta is neck and neck with opposition leader Raila Odinga. The political veteran, who has already said Kenyata can only win if his ruling Jubilee Party rigs the vote, a stance that increases fears of a disputed result and civil unrest.
Back in 2007, Odinga called for street protests after a problem with the vote count. The disputes spout widespread ethnic violence, leading to the deaths of 1,200 people. This time around, rights groups say hate speech has been notably absent.>> The campaign season has been more or less like the others.
But we've seen, in this instance, that they have both been able to go to each other's stronghold. Some have said that this is a hopeful sign that maybe democracy in Kenya is maturing. And that voters can listen to all the candidates without causing violence.>> But others say that can't be determined until after the vote.
Two incidents in the last week have put the nation of nearly 50 million on edge. A key election official was found tortured and murdered. And on Friday, two foreign political advisors to Odinga were arrested and deported by plainclothes police. Jittery Kenyans have stockpiled food and water ahead of the vote.
And on the eve of the election, the streets of the capital Nairobi were eerily calm, businesses on lockdown until after the fiercely contested battle is done.