Algeria is holding an election that experts say President Abdelaziz Bouteflika needs to win convincingly to show he can reconnect with disillusioned voters.
The 72-year-old is expected to finish well in front but if turnout is low, it could boost his opponents who claim the poll is a charade.
The left-wing opposition, many Islamist leaders and the chief of al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa claim fraud is likely and have called for a boycott.
“I am not going to vote..why? Because I am not happy with what is going on in Algiers,” said one man.
Algeria, a US ally, has soaring unemployment and an active offshoot of al-Qaeda. But not everyone is unhappy:
“I will vote for Bouteflika, because I have known him since 1965, when I was 14, he was in politics then. He’s an ace,” said this supporter.
“He brought peace to the country. I love President Bouteflika,” was one woman’s opinion.
Every wall is covered in posters, but they paper over disillusionment, like this man’s:
“It won’t change anything, nothing at all, the election is just to show that everything is alright in Algeria, so I won’t vote. I am boycotting it.”
The normally tight security in Algeria, a legacy of its bloody 10-year insurgency, has been heightened ahead of the poll.
Five other candidates are also in the running.