The National Assembly by-election is currently holding in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.
The election is taking place in order to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim.
Mrs Ibrahim represented the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency before her nomination to serve in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
The election is holding in Damaturu, the state capital, as well as Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas, constituting the federal constituency.
The streets of Damaturu, like other affected council areas remain deserted, as security operatives continue to search for vehicles and people using the road.
Reports say that electoral officials arrived most venues on Saturday morning in good time for the polls.
The Minister for State Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Ibrahim while casting her votes at the Emir of Damaturu polling station commended INEC and electoral officers for the conduct of the exercise.
She also praised the conduct of the electorate whom she said conducted themselves in orderly manner.
Four political parties: National Conscience Party (NCP), Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are participating in the by-election.
The Nigerian government has called for stronger assistance from the United Nations (UN) in the fight against insurgency and the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the northern part of the nation.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, made the request at a meeting with the special envoy to the United Nations Secretary-General on West Africa, Mohammed Ibn-Chambas.
Ibrahim said the growing poverty, crime and violence in the region necessitated a lasting reconstruction which the humanitarian gestures of the United Nations could help achieve.
In his response, the UN special envoy emphasised the need for displaced Nigerians to be resettled in their homes.
Ibn-Chambas said the UN would help in the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed by the insurgents through its various agencies.
He also pointed out that it was time for stronger ties between the countries in the region affected by Boko Haram insurgency.
According to him, a stronger tie would help ensure the destruction of the insurgents’ operational infrastructure to bring an end to the security crisis.
Nigeria’s is making the request just as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps have become a target by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
On Sunday, a female suicide bomber attacked an IDPs camp in Maiduguri, Borno State in north-east Nigeria.