The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe on Saturday organised a bye-election into Nangere constituency of the state house of assembly.
The member representing the constituency, Adamu Degubi, was killed by gunmen in June 2012.
Two parties: the All Progressives Congress (APC) which fielded Alhaji Saidu Baba, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that fielded Shuaibu Ibrahim, are contesting the election.
A NAN correspondent, who covered the election, reports that security operatives have been deployed to all parts of Nangere Local Government Area to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise.
INEC had deployed electoral materials and manpower to polling units by 8 a.m., with accreditation commencing immediately while voting started at 12.30 p.m.
Voters in the area said the election would afford them the opportunity to elect another representative to the state’s assembly.
The Emir of Nangere, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibn Grema, appreciated the efforts of INEC in the conduct of the election, saying it would give the people a representation in the state’s assembly.
“The people of Nangere have been without a member in the Yobe State House of Assembly for two years now, which means that our interests have not been represented there.
“The people have been well mobilised and sensitised for peaceful conduct of the election”.
Hauwa Usman, a house wife, said the election would help to provide the constituency with infrastructure. (NAN)