Boycott call as Bahrain holds poll
Voting has begun in Bahrain's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-protests erupted four years ago.
The country's Shiite opposition has called for voters to boycott the election.
A total of 419 candidates are running for municipal and parliamentary seats, state media says. Any candidates that do not secure more than 50% of the vote will head to a run-off a week later.
The elections, however, are unlikely to defuse tensions between Bahrain's Sunni monarchy and Shiite activists who continue to protest for greater rights and a greater say in government.
The elections are being watched closely by Bahrain's Gulf neighbours and Washington. Bahrain hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet and is part of the US-led coalition striking the Islamic State group.