Nigerians have started voting in the first of three elections amidst tight security.
The vote has been marred by a deadly bomb attack on Friday, and administrative bungling which prevented it from going ahead a week ago.
The 73 million eligible voters first had to register from 8am, before actually choosing their preferred candidates a few hours later.
Early signs indicate the poll is better organised this time.
Lagos Businessman Owoale Adedeyi said:
“We are still upgrading our democracy because we are still not very strong, but as time goes on and by the time we see the outcome of this election, then we will be able to know where we are and where we are going.”
On Friday a bomb killed 10 people at an office of the country’s Electoral Commission in Suleja, on the outskirts of the capital Abuja.
This poll will be followed by the more important presidential election on April the 16th, and the election of regional governors on the 26th.