Damaturu - Few voters straggled to polls to elect local councils in a north-eastern Nigerian state that is battling Islamic militants who say democracy is an enemy of the people.
Heavily armed police and state security service agents guarded polling stations and manned roadblocks on Saturday in Yobe state, which suffered some of the most brutal attacks on schools by extremists this year.
People's Democratic Party is boycotting amid fears for the safety of candidates. But it was unlikely to do well in a state controlled by an opposition coalition.
Some 1.2 million people are eligible to elect 17 councils and a chairperson from 188 candidates and 10 political parties.