Voters in Botswana voted on Wednesday (October 23) in crucial general elections in one of Africa’s most stable democracies.
Over 900,000 registered voters were expected to cast their ballots across the country to elect members of the national assembly and by extension the president of the southern African nation.
The government declared October 23 – 25 as public holidays to allow for full participation of citizens in the democratic process.
The vote caps a busy election year for the southern Africa region which has witnessed elections in South Africa, Malawi, DR Congo and earlier this month in Mozambique.
Results collation by private media outlet
Privately-owned outlet, The Voice, has been collating results from the October 23 vote. As widely expected, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, BDP, have taken a big lead with about a third of votes counted.
As at midnight of Thursday (October 24), four parties had secured seats in parliament. BDP, Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) coalition, Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and the Alliance for Progressives (AP).
Percentage of votes counted: 29%
Total number of votes: 263, 730
Total registered voters: 924, 709
- BDP = 16 constituencies = 124, 786 votes
- UDC = 5 = 90, 692
- BPF = 2 = 21, 757
- AP = 1 = 16, 812
According to the Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, the winner is declared once a party attains 29 parliamentary seats – the minimum requirement to form a government.
The government’s Twitter handle has also been posting updates on the constituency results as they trickle in.