Voters in the Akwa Ibom rerun elections have started voting in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, where Senator Godswill Akpabio hails from.
A visit by News Agency of Nigeria revealed that polling started as early as 9 a.m.
At Ukana Ikot Ntuen Ward 2 Unit 9 with three voting points, voters were seen on queue casting their votes.
NAN observed that security was tight as they were more in numbers than the voters who turned out to cast their votes.
At ward 9 unit 30, the electoral officer, Mrs Anietie Udo, said the exercise was peaceful as voters were orderly.
She said, "The only challenge encountered was the ink pad and it was improvised."
One of the polling officers, who is a corps member, Mr Tunde Adeyemi, said materials arrived early and voting began at the unit by 8.30 a.m.
He said there was no challenge as the card readers were working optimally.
At Ward 9 unit 17 and 18, voters were seen casting their votes.
However, NAN observed also that there were no All Progressives Congress agents in some of the polling stations visited in Essien Udim LGA.
NAN reports that the APC State Chairman, Mr Ini Okopido, on Friday, announced the withdrawal of the party from the elections.
NAN observed that no restriction of movement in some parts of Essien Udim Local Government Area as market people and vehicles were moving normally.