18 April 2011
Last updated at 06:07
Goodluck Jonathan is set to be elected as Nigeria's president, having won enough votes to avoid a run-off, regional results suggest. News of his lead in the southern states, and his rival General Muhammadu Buhari's success in the north, was being reported by Nigeria's press on Sunday.
Enthusiastic crowds gathered outside polling stations in many areas on Saturday, eager to take part in what many observers expected to be Nigeria's first credible election for decades. These women were voting in Jos.
Nigeria has Africa's largest electorate and the health of its democracy could influence other countries. These women were voting in Daura, home village of Muhammadu Buhari.
Gen Buhari also cast his vote in Daura.
Among those turning out early to vote was Mr Jonathan, who came to power last year upon the death of incumbent Umaru Yar'Adua, whom he had served as vice-president.
Nigeria has a history of violent rigged elections but Mr Jonathan staked his reputation on providing a clean, fair and secure environment for this year's voting.
In a bid to deter multiple voting, each voter had their finger marked as part of the registration process - a now familiar image from elections all over the world.
Twenty candidates contested the election. This voter has her allegiances emblazoned all over her dress - a portrait of Patience Jonathan, wife of Goodluck.