23 Oct 2014
Elections observers are in the country to observe Botswana’s 11th general elections.
These include the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission, SADC Electoral Commissions Forum, SADC Electoral Observation Mission, European Union delegation, African Union Election Observation Mission that comprises election management bodies, Pan African Parliament, human rights institutions and civil society, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa and technical experts from Democracy and Electoral Assistant Unit.
Local institutions including religious bodies such as Botswana Council of Churches and Organisation of African Instituted Churches, Emang Basadi and Ditshwanelo The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) spkesperson, Mr Osupile Maroba said in an interview that some international observers arrived two weeks ago to attend the run-up political campaigns.
“They also observe such things as media reports, stakeholder responses, electoral system counting methods and release of results to mention but a few,” he said. Mr Maroba noted that in most instances the observers are informed by Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC Region (PEMMO).
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party will be contesting with two opposition parties, Botswana Congress Party and the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) that will be contesting for elections for the first time as a merger party formed from Botswana National Front, Botswana People’s Party and Botswana Movement for Democracy. Ends