n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - The need for electoral reform in Botswana

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


Botswana has been operating a First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) electoral system since her independence from Britain in 1965. Unlike other African countries, this system has not led to electoral violence or political instability. The system is not without its limitations, however. It lacks internal democracy and disadvantages the ruling party. Fair political competition cannot exist between the unequal. This hinges on the quality and depth of democracy. To enhance its democracy, Botswana needs to adopt a mix between Proportional Representation (PR) and FPTP.

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