Botswana launches voter registration drive forward of 2024 ballot

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  • Botswana is ready to begin a three-month voter registration train.
  • Newly registered voters will likely be integrated onto the voters‘ roll forward of the 2024 normal elections.
  • The International Happiness Index of 2021 – which appears at peace, safety and democracy – charges Botswana because the happiest nation in southern Africa.

Botswana’s Impartial Electoral Fee (IEC) will for the following three months conduct a supplementary voter registration train.

The electoral physique stated the supplementary section would accommodate individuals who had not registered forward of the 2019 normal elections, and those who “had registered however shouldn’t have a sound entry within the roll for no matter motive”, in addition to those who turned 18 after the deadline of 28 April 2019.

After registration, the focused demographic would seem on the voters’ roll in June subsequent yr. 

“It’s anticipated that the supplementary roll ensuing from this registration section will develop into operational in June 2022,” stated Idah Seoforeng, the IEC’s performing spokesperson.

On December 11 final yr, Botswana held by-elections for 11 vacant council seats. 

The ruling occasion Botswana Democratic Celebration (BDP) gained Tumasera, Metsimotlhabe and Moshupa East, wards whereas opposition events gained the Nkange, Tamasane, Khwee, Motokwe, Lentsweletau, Mochudi East, Lorolwane and Ga Molopo wards.

If there are any by-elections earlier than June 2022, these registered in the course of the three-month section, which runs from 17 January to 31 March this yr, won’t be eligible to vote.

“Ought to there be any by-election in any constituency/polling district after June 2022, the voters who registered throughout this section will solely then be eligible to take part within the electoral course of,” Seoforeng stated.

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On the 2019 normal elections, there have been 925 478 registered voters in Botswana.

The turnout was 84.15%, a lower of 0.6% from the earlier elections.

The final elections have been extensively considered free and honest.

Since Botswana obtained its independence in 1963, there was a clean transition of 5 presidents, all from the BDP.

The International Happiness Index of 2021 stated Botswana was the happiest nation in southern Africa.

The index by the Institute for Economics and Peace measures the relative place of countries and areas’ peacefulness when it comes to rule of legislation and democracy.

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