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Elections in AfricaA Data Handbook$
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Dieter Nohlen, Bernard Thibaut, and Michael Krennerich

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296452.001.0001

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(p.103) Botswana
Elections in Africa

Goswin Baumhögger

Oxford University Press

This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Botswana follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat (there have been no coups d’états); 2.2 Electoral Body 1965–1994 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7 and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1965–1994 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5 Referendums 1987–1997 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.6 Elections for Constitutional Assembly (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1965–1994 (details of registered voters and votes cast); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1965–1994; 2.9 Presidential Elections (election is only indirect: the candidate who commands the support of more than one half of the newly elected members of the National Assembly is declared President); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1966–1998.

Keywords:   alliances, Botswana, elections, electoral body, electoral participation, electoral provisions, electoral statistics, electoral systems, history, national elections, parliamentary composition, parliamentary elections, political parties, power holders, referendums, registered voters, votes cast

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