Kenya has 20 million registered voters out of a population of more than 40 million people.
Eight candidates are contesting for the presidency-Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party, National Super Alliance (NASA)'s Raila Odinga, Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Shrouded in fears of violence, the vote pits President Uhuru Kenyatta, a wealthy 55-year-old businessman and the son of Kenya's founding president, against Raila Odinga, 72, a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's first vice-president.
"I have come here to vote because good leadership comes from God". This is the young East African nation's 11 election since its independence from Britain in 1963.
If that threshold is not met it will trigger a run-off vote between the top two candidates, with the victor requiring a simple majority.
Kenyatta called for peace regardless of the outcome of the election.
It remained to be seen if the millions of voters, some of whom said they had queued for up to six hours, will be able to cast their ballots before the close of polling at 5pm.
Queues at the polling station formed very early in the morning, with voters arriving at 2 a.m.in some.
Five years ago, Kenyatta defeated Odinga, who disputed the results before they were confirmed by the country's supreme court. "No matter the result in this election, we must stand together as one people".
The electoral authority hasn't said when final results will be announced. Hundreds of voters discovered that their names were not on the register, there were reports that voting materials in some constituencies had not been delivered, and voting kits were not working properly in other areas.
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