Oct 25, 2014 8:29 AM

Botswana ruling party shows early lead in election

The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The party that has ruled Botswana for nearly five decades has taken an early lead in the country's election.

Preliminary results released Saturday by the country's electoral commission show the Botswana Democratic Party has secured a majority in council constituencies. Led by President Ian Khama, the son of Botswana's independence leader Seretse Khama, the party has been in power since 1966.

Opposition parties have made a strong showing in the country's urban centers, with the newly formed Umbrella for Democratic Change winning wards in and around the capital Gaborone. The Botswana Congress Party, the country's second largest party has also won a number of wards in urban areas.

Results for the parliamentary elections have not been released yet and election officials say they hope to receive results by the end of the day.

Parliamentary results will determine who will be Botswana's next president as the country's leader is elected by members of parliament.

Voting occurred with little incident with the electoral commission reporting minor irregularities on the voters' roll that the commission said were quickly corrected.


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