The people of Botswana today went to the polls in a general election which started with the inspection of ballot boxes.

Addressing a media briefing this Wednesday, President Masisi said Botswana has a reputation for calmness, predictability in terms of conduct and stability.

“It is only in five when we go for general elections that they will ever have an opportunity to vote for a government of their choice and its imperative that they exercise that right,” he said.

Reports say Botswana faces a stiff electoral contest, as a feud between Incumbent President Masisi and former leader Ian Khama has thrown the country into uncertainty.

Khama broke away from the ruling party and announced his support for the opposition coalition.

“I hope the people of Botswana will rewrite the history of this country, will write a different script for the economy,” UDC candidate, Duma Boko, said after voting in the capital, Gaborone.

About 931,000 of the country’s 2.2 million people are registered to vote in the parliamentary and local elections.

The BDP, the Khama-backed UDC and two smaller parties will vie for 57 seats in the parliament. The party with the most seats chooses the president. There is no runoff.

Results are expected to be released within two days.