Botswana set for close election

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Election campaigns in Botswana close on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow’s general election.

Nearly one million voters will be choosing members of the national assembly and local authorities.

The government has declared public holidays from Wednesday up to Friday.

The governing Botswana Democratic Party BDP, which has been in power since independence in 1966, faces a tough challenge from an opposition coalition led by lawyer Duma Boko.

The outcome of the parliamentary vote will determine who becomes president.

Former President Ian Khama is backing the opposition after falling out with his hand-picked successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

 

Christopher Ojilere