Chad counts votes as Deby seeks to win the sixth term

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Votes are being counted in Chad following the Sunday presidential election in which incumbent Idriss Deby is largely expected to win.

The ballot counting started soon after voting closed in the capital N’Djamena, the Reuters news agency reported.

Some seven million Chadians were eligible to vote in the election.

Mr Deby, in power for 30 years, was facing six weaker candidates after the major opposition leaders either boycotted or were barred from running.

The BBC’s Killian Ngala said not many people could be seen on the streets as the blistering heat kept voters largely indoors.

He said voters expressed mixed concerns, some saying they were not sure the election would be free and fair, with others saying there was no need to vote because the results might have been predetermined.

One woman told the BBC that she was happy to have performed her civic duty, and hoped the elected president would resolve such basic problems as ensuring better healthcare for the population.

Provisional results are due on 25 April, and final results on 15 May.