Nov. 8, 2004 Held


Republic of Bostwana

Election for Botswana Presidency

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At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Botswana

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Festus G. MOGAE *
  • Head of Government: President Festus G. MOGAE
  • Assembly: Botswana has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the House of Chiefs (Ntlo ya Dikgosi) with 15 seats and the National Assembly with 63 seats.

* Elected by the legislature.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by indirect vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the House of Chiefs (Ntlo ya Dikgosi), 8 members are ex officio , 4 members are elected in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 3 members are elected in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms*. In the National Assembly, 57 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms, 4 members are appointed by members to serve 5-year terms and 2 members are ex officio .**

* The House of Chiefs consists of the chiefs of the eight principal tribes, four sub-chiefs chosen each from a single-member constituency by the eight chiefs, and three members elected at-large from one district by the other twelve members.

** Four members are appointed by the majority party. The President and Attorney General are members ex officio.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Festus MOGAE
    Independent(s): N/A

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,990,876 (July 2009 est.)
  • Registered Voters: N/A

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 920,018 (2004)

·         Is Botswana a signatory to CEDAW: N/A

·         Has Botswana ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (13 August 1996)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 6 (9.52%) (2015)

·         Human Development Index Position: 106 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Botswana a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Botswana ratified CRPD: No

·         Population with a disability: 275,362 (est.)