Goswin Baumhögger

in Elections in Africa

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600036 | DOI:

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This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Botswana follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat (there have been no coups d’états); 2.2 Electoral Body 1965–1994 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7 and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1965–1994 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5 Referendums 1987–1997 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1965–1994 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1965–1994; 2.9 Presidential Elections (election is only indirect: the candidate who commands the support of more than one half of the newly elected members of the National Assembly is declared President); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1966–1998.

Keywords: alliances; Botswana; elections; electoral body; electoral participation; electoral provisions; electoral statistics; electoral systems; history; national elections; parliamentary composition; parliamentary elections; political parties; power holders; referendums; registered voters; votes cast

Chapter.  6099 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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