Botswana citizens head to the polls

File: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) supporters wave flags during an election campaign rally in Mokgweetsi Masisi's, President of Botswana and leader of the BDP, home village in Moshupa, on October 22, 2019. Botswana will have their general elections on October 23, 2019.

File: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) supporters wave flags during an election campaign rally in Mokgweetsi Masisi's, President of Botswana and leader of the BDP, home village in Moshupa, on October 22, 2019.

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JOHANNESBURG - Botswana citizens go to the polls on Wednesday to vote in the country’s general elections.

It's said to be the most hotly contested election since the country gained independence in 1965.

The Botswana Democratic Party has comfortably won all 11 elections since then.

READ: Botswana's two main presidential candidates

But it faces an uphill battle this year.

The party has been losing popularity amid high unemployment and growing inequality.

Former President Ian Khama is also backing a coalition led by Duma Boko.

Khama fell out with current President Mokgweetsi Masisi over cabinet positions.

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