Exit polls show president achieving 93.9% support, rising to nearly 100% in Karabakh.

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is set to win a towering victory in his country's election, according to exit polls.

The contest is the first held since Azerbaijan took control of Nagorno-Karabakh, also claimed by Armenia.

Turnout was strong, with election officials saying more than 70% of eligible voters cast ballots during the first nine hours of voting.

Elections in Azerbaijan have seen the ruling Aliyev and his father before him garner more than 80% of the vote, with international monitors criticising the elections as neither free nor fair – a description the government rejects.

This year's vote, which Aliyev only announced last month, was boycotted by the two main opposition parties, and took place under increased restrictions on the media.