Eswatini is holding legislative elections in its absolute monarchy, with 500,000 registered voters.

 The lower house of parliament primarily advises King Mswati III, who holds absolute power.

 Political parties are banned in Eswatini, limiting prospects for political change.

Pro-democracy protests in 2021 were met with violence and a significant death toll.

 Despite past unrest, the recent election process appeared calm and peaceful.Many candidates were nominated by traditional chiefs with loyalty to King Mswati.

 High unemployment rates persist, particularly among youth, with overall unemployment at 33.3% and youth unemployment at 59.1%.

Political change is unlikely due to the king's absolute power and the ban on political parties.

In 2021, pro-democracy protests were violently suppressed, resulting in at least 46 deaths.

Despite past turmoil, the recent polling stations opening showed no signs of unrest. ???? Most candidates were nominated by traditional chiefs loyal to King Mswati.

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