Botswana Elections Monitoring Report

Botswana held its 11th democratic general elections for both the parliamentary and local government on 24th October 2014 since she gained independence in 1966. The main highlight of the elections was notably the increase of independent candidates as compared to the previous general elections. Botswana first ever general elections were held in 1965 as the precursor to 1966 when the country gained its independence. Since independence Botswana has held ten general elections with the 2009 general elections being the most recent. Botswana electoral system is First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). Further, the Elections take place within the framework of a multi-party democracy and a parliamentary system.  To this end, the electorate only elects the Members of Parliament who in turn elect the president. This is contrary to presidential systems which are observed in countries such as Kenya where the electorate vote for the both the Member of Parliament and the president.
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