Botswana general election, 1974

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General elections were held in Botswana on 26 October 1974. With 205,050 registered voters, turnout was just 31.22%.[1] The result was a third successive landslide victory for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), who won 27 of the 32 elected seats,[2] including four in which they were unopposed.[3] Local elections were held on the same day, with a turnout of just 30.3%, and saw the BDP strengthen its position.[3]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 63 candidates contested the elections. The BDP ran a full slate of 32 candidates, the Botswana National Front had 14 candidates, the Botswana People's Party had eight, the Botswana Independence Party had six, and there were three independents.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Botswana Democratic Party 49,047 76.6 27 +3
Botswana National Front 7,358 11.5 2 –1
Botswana People's Party 4,199 6.6 2 1
Botswana Independence Party 3,086 4.8 1 0
Independents 321 0.5 0 New
Indirectly elected members 4
Total 64,011 100 36 +1
Registered voters/turnout 205,050 31.2
Source: EISA, Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Botswana: 1974 National Assembly results EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p113 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  3. ^ a b c Botswana: The October 1974 General Election EISA