NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Peaceful voting and an impressive turnout are buoying this East African country’s clergy, who made a energetic effort to quell the often fatal violence that Kenyans fear on election days.

In the weeks before Tuesday’s election (Aug. 8), ethnic tensions ran high, prompting religious leaders — Christian and Muslim — to preach for peace. Memories of the 2007 election in particular, which sparked violence that resulted in at least 1,300 deaths, are still fresh.

Clergy seemed almost to will a better outcome this year.

“We are confident peace will prevail. We still call for peaceful voting,” said

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