Oct. 31, 2014, 3:01 p.m.
Botswana has held ten democratic elections since independence in 1966.[i] Located in southern Africa, Botswana has a population of 2,155,784 with over 1,000,000 registered voters.[ii] Results have the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) winning 37 seats, and the opposition coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) winning 17 seats. The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) won 3 seats.[iii] In order to form a government, 29 seats in the National Assembly are required. Turnout for the election was considered high.[iv] The Southern African Development Community (SADC), which had an observation mission in the country, claimed the election was professional and transparent.[v] In Botswana, the President is elected by indirect vote (by the National Assembly) to serve a 5-year term.[vi] On Tuesday 28 October 2014, Ian KHAMA, the head of the BDP, was inaugurated for a 2nd term in office.[vii]