Seychelles votes in presidential polls

A voter casts her ballot in Port Louis, the Seychelles, on December 5, 2015Vote counting got underway in the Seychelles late Saturday after a presidential election providing incumbent James Michel with his first serious challenge after two terms in office. Balloting on more remote islands began on Thursday but the main vote took place Saturday on the main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, home to most of the archipelago’s estimated 91,000 citizens. Counting began in the late evening after a two-hour extension in voting due to the long queues still snaking out of polling stations by the scheduled close of 7:00 pm (1500 GMT), chief electoral officer Charles Morin told national radio.

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