The vote count has started in Gabon with incumbent President Ali Bongo and opposition leader Jean Ping both projecting a win in the tightly contested race.
Bongo who became president in 2009 after his father’s death is hoping to extend the 50-year rule of his family by getting a second seven-year term.
Opposition supporters are already accusing Bongo supporters of trying to create instability with their claims of victory.
Bongo rejected repeated requests for a televised presidential debate.
Jean Ping was the chief of the African Union and had served as Gabon’s foreign minister under Ali’s father Omar Bongo for nearly a decade.