Kenyan expats vote in Pretoria

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A combination of two file photo shows (at L) Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga during a meeting in Nairobi on December 4, 2012 and (at R) Kenyan deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta addressing a crowd on December 2, 2012 in Nakuru.

JOHANNESBURG – Crowds of Kenyan expatriates have voted at the country's high commission in Pretoria.

Only eligible citizens living in five countries in East Africa and in South Africa were registered as new voters. 

South Africa holds the largest number of diaspora voters.

People began arriving early to cast their votes at the Kenyan High Commission.

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The atmosphere was relaxed, with no signs of tension, despite the high stakes involved.

Opinion polls show President Uhuru Kenyatta is running neck and neck with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Many of those casting their votes said they were pleased the ballot was being run efficiently.

The results of the election are not expected to be known until next week.

But they will be eagerly awaited by the 40,000 expatriates who live in South Africa.

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