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Botswana votes as ruling party faces resurgent opposition

Residents queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in Serewe on October 24, 2014 in Botswana's general electionsBotswana’s ruling party faced an unprecedented test against an invigorated opposition as one of Africa’s most stable democracies voted in general elections Friday. Polling stations were due to close at 7:30 pm (1730 GMT), but a two-hour extension would be allowed to make up for early morning glitches in some areas, commission spokesman Osupile Maroba told AFP. Observer missions from the regional South African Development Community (SADC), the Commonwealth and the European Union were expected to report on the vote after the polls closed. “So far things have gone well, we are impressed with the progress, especially the conduct of voters at polling stations,” said a member of the SADC mission, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal declaration.

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