//Botswana begins voting in presidential polls

Botswana begins voting in presidential polls

Polls have opened in Botswana as the country faces what is expected to be its tightest election in history.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and President Mokgweetsi Masisi have been presented with a surprising challenge after former President Ian Khama broke away and announced his support for the opposition coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

Masisi is standing on his record on tackling corruption, such as making a declaration of assets obligatory for public sector officials, and slashing bureaucracy for small businesses.