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Title:An assessment of Botswana's electoral management body to deliver fair elections
Author:Mogalakwe, MonagengISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Botswana
election management bodies
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2015.1021210
Abstract:Botswana has regularly held general elections since 1965 and in October 2014 held her 11th general election. All these elections have so far been won by the ruling party. The regularity of elections in Botswana has persuaded some observers to present Botswana as an exemplar of democracy and good governance in Africa. This perception is reinforced by the formal existence of an electoral management body, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), whose mandate is to ensure that elections are conducted efficiently, properly, freely and fairly. Although the Constitution enjoins the IEC to ensure that elections are conducted fairly, this article reveals that, in effect, the IEC has neither the authority nor the power to level the electoral playing field, and ensure that elections are also fair, in addition to being conducted efficiently, properly and freely. This inability by Botswana's electoral management body to ensure that elections are conducted fairly emanates from the narrow legal and political framework within which the IEC operates, and exposes the weaknesses of Botswana's much vaunted democracy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]