The 1965 Election

With the nation going to the polls this week, we take a pause in our coverage of Batswana in World War II to look at the dynamics of our first national election, held in March 1965.

At the beginning of 1964, the colonial administration announced that the Protectorate’s first non-racial one-person one-vote elections would be held in March 1965; maintaining that a full year was required to count and register the population. 

It also mounted an information campaign to explain to the people the new electoral system. The nationalist parties thus became locked into a year-long struggle for political supremacy.

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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