German voters, some dressed in traditional costumes, have been casting their ballots in a election that is widely expected to return the incumbent Angela Merkel to power.
There are some 62 million eligible voters in the country and approval ratings for Merkel have soared over 60 percent in recent years.
The first exit polls are expected around 6pm local time (5PM UK time).
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