n Journal of African Elections - Botswana's 2004 elections : free and fair?




The paper analyses the freeness and fairness of Botswana's 2004 elections. It argues that although Botswana's multiparty democracy has lasted longer than any other in Africa its elections are free but not very fair. The fairness of Botswana's elections has been an issue of controversy that has led to calls from the opposition for political reform. The problem lies in the fact that the election system, the electoral body and the political field work to the advantage of the party in power. The paper concludes that until these issues are addressed, the fairness of Botswana's elections will remain problematic.


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