National Assembly (Botswana)

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National Assembly
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Type
Type
Structure
Seats 61 plus 2 non-voting members
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Political groups
     Botswana Democratic Party
     Co-opted Members
     Botswana National Front
     Botswana Congress Party
     Botswana Alliance Movement
     Independent
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
October 16, 2009
Meeting place
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Website
http://www.parliament.gov.bw/
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The National Assembly is the legislature Botswana's unicameral Parliament. It is advised by the House of Chiefs, which is not a house of Parliament.

The current National Assembly, formed following elections held on 16 October 2009, has a total of 63 members. 57 members are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or First-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. Four members are co-opted (by secret ballot of the rest of the Assembly) while the remaining two (the President and Attorney-general) are ex officio.

Current composition[edit]

e • d  Summary of the 16 October 2009 Botswana National Assembly election results
Parties Votes  % Seats +/–
Botswana Democratic Party 290,099 53.26 45 +1
Botswana National Front 119,509 21.94 6 –6
Botswana Congress Party 104,302 19.15 4 +3
Botswana Alliance Movement 12,387 2.27 1 +1
Independents 10,464 1.92 1 +1
Botswana People's Party 7,554 1.39 0
Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin Movement 292 0.05 0
Tlhoko Tiro Organisation 40 0.00 0
Valid votes 544,647 98.12
Invalid votes 10,431 1.88
Totals 555,078 100.00 57
Electorate and voter turnout 723,617 76.71
Source: Independent Electoral Commission

Previous National Assembly election results[edit]

Political Party Election Year
1965 1969 1974 1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) 28 24 27 29 29 31 27 33 44
Botswana National Front (BNF) - 03 02 02 04 03 13 06 12
Botswana People's Party (BPP) 03 03 02 01 01 - - - -
Botswana Independence Party (BIP) - 01 01 - - - - - -
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) - - - - - - - 01 01
Total 31 31 32 32 34 34 40 40 57

Note: In the pre-independence 1965 election, the Botswana Democratic Party was known as the Bechuanaland Democratic party and the Botswana People's Party was known as the Bechuanaland People's Party.

Despite being a one party dominant state since independence, all elections held in the country have been considered democratic, free, and fair.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 24°39′31″S 25°54′38″E / 24.65861°S 25.91056°E / -24.65861; 25.91056