Nearly 230,000 registered voters in Botswana were expected to vote on Saturday (26 October) on the country's third election.
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GV Group of women going to poll
SV PAN President Khama and Lady Khama arrive at polling station
CU Party poster on vehicle
SV INT President and wife hand ballot paper to officials
CU President Khama
SV President Khama voting
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SV Lady Khama drops voting card in ballot box
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CU Kubu polling station sign
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SV Woman coming out of make-shift polling booth
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Background: Nearly 230,000 registered voters in Botswana were expected to vote on Saturday (26 October) on the country's third election.
However, results received so far showed that only about 33 per cent voted.
Candidates from the Botswana Democratic Party -- to which President Khama belongs -- and three others, contested the 32 seats at Botswana's National Assembly.
No incidents were reported on the election day. Sir. Seretse and Lady Khama, however, provided the only amusing incident when they turned up at their polling station with an outdated (pre-independence) voter's registration card. Lady Khama had to go home to fetch the correct card before they were allowed to vote.
Late reports said Sir Seretse had been returned to power for a further five-year term. He retained office because he was the Democrat Party's only Presidential nomination.
With the results of seven more constituencies still outstanding, the Democratic Party had won 21 seats.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Botswana went to the polls in the suburb of the capital, Gaberone, by their own means of transportation...such as donkey-drawn vehicles. Saturday's election was the third in Botswana since its independence in 1965. People went to vote in trickles -- there had been little election preparation in the capital. Except for a few posters of candidates, there was little campaigning.