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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
In pictures: Elections in Chad

President Deby and his wife casting their ballots

President Idriss Deby is confident of victory in controversial presidential elections in Chad - largely because the opposition are boycotting the polls.

People queuing at the station where President Deby voted

There was much excitement among the crowd as they watched Mr Deby and his wife cast their ballots at a polling station, where security was tight.

Chadian women queuing at a polling station

So far, threats from rebels to disrupt the voting have failed to materialise. Polling stations have been quiet and voting reported to be calm...

A woman holds up her ballot paper

... But elsewhere the mood was much more low-key and turnout has been very low in the capital, N'Djamena, with most people staying at home, according to reports.

A woman in Chad posts her ballot in presidential elections

Many in Chad are keen to see peace. With official results not due for 10 days, there are still fears of more rebel assaults, like the failed attack on the capital three weeks ago.






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