Incumbent President Khama Wins Polls

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo, on Sunday, declared Botswana’s sitting President, Ian Khama, the winner of Wednesday’s competitive elections. He will be sworn on Tuesday 28th, October, 2014 to serve his last term of office as per the country’s constitution.

According to official results, Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won a majority of the 57 seats in Parliament with 37 seats. Meanwhile, the Umbrella for Democratic Change – contesting an election for the first time won 17 seats, and the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) 3 seats.

Khama lost six former cabinet members in the election and the BCP also lost key constituencies it had held in the past. The Botswana media suggest that the ruling BDP is losing dominance in urban areas.

Observer missions from the Southern African Development Community, declared that the election on Friday was “peaceful, free and fair, transparent, and credible, thus reflecting the will of the people of Botswana…”.

According to South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the election “marks yet another milestone in the long standing democracy” of Botswana. She added that, “Botswana remains unique in Africa in that it has enjoyed 48 years of sustained and uninterrupted democracy. This achievement should be emulated by other SADC Member States in their efforts to consolidate and enhance democracy in the region.”

Ian Khama will rule the country for a non-renewable five-year term until 2019.

Source : African Elections Project

Category: Governance

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