Botswana to hold general elections on Oct. 23: election body

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Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana's president, reacts during an interview in Gaborone, Botswana, on Monday, May 14, 2018. Botswana is the worlds biggest diamond producer after Russia, and most of its gems are mined by Debswana, a 50-50 joint venture between the government and De Beers. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 11: President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana speaks during the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at on October 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi has instructed that the country’s general elections will be held on Oct. 23, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said Friday.

The announcement came after Masisi dissolved the parliament on Wednesday midnight.

At least six political parties are expected to take part in the Oct. 23 poll, including the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and the main opposition party Umbrella for Democratic Change.

On Sept. 26, candidates will register at the designated nomination centre of each constituency and polling district, Osupile Maroba, the IEC public relations officer, said.

Winners of the general elections will fill the 57 national assembly vacancies and 490 local government positions, he said.

If the ruling BDP wins the day, Masisi will continue to lead the southern African country.

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