Gaborone: Voting has started in Botswana, where the party in power since independence from Britain in 1966 is expected to win another parliamentary majority in the world`s largest producer of diamonds.
Despite its gems, Botswana has high poverty and unemployment. The worldwide recession has dampened diamond sales. But the opposition is weak, and voters do not seem eager for a change from the Botswana Democratic Party.
Polls close at 7 pm (1700 GMT; 1 pm EDT). Results are expected on Sunday. A record 723,617 people registered to vote in this country of about 1.8 million.