Democracy in Botswana

Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018

Score:

2.5 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017

Score:

7.81 out of 10

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

28

Polity IV 2016

Score:

8

(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)

Category:

Democracy

 

Political System

System of Government Parliamentary
Presidential Electoral System Elected by parliament
Presidential Term Limits Two, five-year terms
System of Appointment to Legislature

First Past The Post

57 elected, 4 appointed, and 2 ex-officio members

Last Legislative Election

2014

Next Legislative Election

2019

Number of Seats in Legislature 63
Female quota, representation in lower house No

Results

Last legislative election (2014)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
Botswana Democratic Party 46.45 37
Umbrella for Democratic Change 30.01 17
Botswana Congress Party 20.43 3
Independents 3.11 0
Indirectly-elected seats 6

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