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Graeme Smith, an analyst with the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said all signs pointed to a heavy turnout despite fears of violence, in part because voters actually feel like they have a choice.

"The indications are that people are going to vote, at the very least tribes and local strongmen are going to be able to muster votes," he said. "The fact that it’s a horse race might bring out the vote."

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Associated Press writers Rahim Faiez and Amir Shah contributed to this report.


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