Botswana General Elections, 24 October 2014

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Botswana General Elections, 24 October 2014

Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 4 December 2014
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-134-7
Pages: 26

The report of the Commonwealth Expert Team for Botswana’s general election held on 24 October 2014. The mission was chaired by Justice Maxon Mbendera, SC, chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission and included Mrs Pelagie Uwera, commissioner of the Rwanda National Electoral Commission.

The team found that the elections were peaceful, credible and transparent and exemplified Botswana’s commitment to democratic values and principles. They made a number of recommendations to help strengthen the process further.



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Letter of transmittal

1. Introduction

2. Political Environment
Background
The campaign environment
Nature of campaigns
Campaign financing
Media
Constitutional and legal framework
Media Practitioners Act (2008)
Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority Act (BOCRA) (2012)
Code of conduct for broadcasters
Media environment
Youth engagement
Women’s political participation

3. Electoral Framework and Electoral Administration
Electoral system
Parliament
The president
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
Voter eligibility and voter registration
Civic and voter education
Advance voting
Complaints and appeals

4. Election Day
Assessment of opening and voting
Assessment of closing and results tabulation
The results – parliamentary elections

5. Conclusions and Recommendations
Recommendations
Campaigning and campaign finance
Media
Women’s political participation
Electoral commission

Annex 1. Biographies of the Expert Team
Annex 2. List of Meetings and Consultations