National Assembly (Botswana)

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National Assembly

Palamente ya Botswana
11th Parliament
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Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
Founded1966
New session started
29 October 2014 (2014-10-29)
Leadership
Speaker
Deputy Speaker
Kagiso Molatlhegi, BDP
Leader of the Opposition
Government Whip
Liakat Kablay, BDP
Structure
Seats63
29 needed for control and presidency
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Political groups
Government (44)
  •      BDP (44)

Official opposition (13)

  •      UDC (13)

Other (6)

  •      Alliance for Progressives (6)
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
24 October 2014
Next election
5 October 2019
Meeting place
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Gaborone, Botswana
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The National Assembly is the legislative body within Botswana's unicameral Parliament. It is advised by the Ntlo ya Dikgosi (Tswana for "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]

Party Seats
Botswana Democratic Party 38
Specially elected MPs 4
President of Botswana 1
Attorney General 1
Umbrella for Democratic Change 13
Alliance for Progressives 6
Total
63

Previous National Assembly election results[edit]

Political Party Election Year
1965 1969 1974 1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) 28 24 27 29 29 31 27 33 44 45 37
Botswana National Front (BNF) 3 2 2 4 3 13 6 12 6 17
Botswana People's Party (BPP) 3 3 2 1 1
Botswana Independence Party (BIP) 1 1
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) 1 1 4 3
Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) 1
Independents 1
Total 31 31 32 32 34 34 40 40 57 57 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