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Botswana General Elections, 24 October 2014

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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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The 2014 general elections, conducted for both parliamentary and local government were the 11th held since independence in 1966. In 2009, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secured 45 of 57 contested National Assembly seats, with the Botswana National Front (BNF) winning six seats, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP)/Botswana Alliance Movement pact five seats and an independent candidate winning a seat for the first time in Botswana’s parliamentary history.

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