Ethiopians are going to the polls in a ballot seen as a test of democracy.
Incumbent Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is expected to be returned to power, with some 32 million people eligible to vote.
This is the first election since a disputed poll in 2005 turned violent. More than 190 protesters and seven policemen were killed.
This time round, though, people are hoping things remain peaceful.
One voter in Addis Ababa said: “It is very good because the election seems to be fair, and there is no violence, no body is fighting. It is peaceful. All people are moving freely and all we see is that the work is well done. There is no violence. We are all free.”
But not everyone thinks the election is fair. The opposition claims the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front has tightened its grip on power and intimidates its critics. Supporters of Prime Minister Zenawi reject the allegations.