Botswana General Election 2019 Voting Live

Last Modified: July 17, 2019 at 11:27 am

Botswana General Election 2019 Voting Live

Botswana General Election Dates 2019

Botswana General Election Date:  October 2019 

General elections are scheduled to be held in Botswana in October 2019.

Elections in Botswana take place within the framework of multi-party democracy and a parliamentary system. The National Assembly is mostly directly elected, and in turn, elects the President and some of its own members. The Ntlo ya Dikgosi is a mixture of appointed, hereditary and indirectly elected members.

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The Electoral system of Botswana

The 63 members of the National Assembly consisted of 57 MPs elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post, four members appointed by the governing party, and two ex-officio members (the President and the Attorney General).

Voters are required to be Botswana citizens at least 18 years old who had been resident in the country for at least 12 months prior to voter registration. People declared insane, holding dual citizenship, under a death sentence, convicted of an electoral offence or imprisoned for at least six months are not allowed to vote. Candidates need to be Botswana citizens at least 21 years old, without an undischarged bankruptcy and be able to speak and read English sufficiently well to take part in parliamentary proceedings.

Several proposed amendments to the Electoral Law, including the introduction of electronic voting and an increase in nomination fees, were dropped in September 2018.

Botswana Parties and leaders


Party Name of the Leader
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Mokgweetsi Masisi
Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Duma Boko
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Dumelang Saleshando

Botswana past election results 

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Botswana Democratic Party 320,657 46.45 37 –8
Umbrella for Democratic Change 207,113 30.01 17 +11
Botswana Congress Party 140,998 20.43 3 –1
Independents 21,484 3.11 0 –1
Indirectly-elected and ex officio seats 6
Invalid/blank votes 8,167
Total 698,409 100 63 0
Registered voters/turnout 824,073 84.75

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