Although voting on more remote islands began on Thursday, the main vote takes place on Saturday, with polls opening at 7:00 am (0300 GMT) on the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, home to most of the archipelago’s estimated 91,000 citizens. Voting ends 12 hours later.
Aside from a late start in several places, voting got under way smoothly in Mahe, the largest island of the Seychelles, where long lines of voters could be seen waiting to cast their ballots, an AFP correspondent said.
“I stood in line for nearly an hour before voting but once I got inside, it was very quick,” said Jacqueline Hoarau after casting her ballot at Port Glaud on the island’s north western coast.
The tourism-dependent Indian Ocean nation, a former British colony, is made up of 115 islands, some as many as 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the capital Victoria on the main island Mahe. Read more