Botswana needs progressive electoral reforms

For the past few weeks, public debate has been dominated by the much-awaited Constitutional Review in Botswana.

There is a strong feeling among different sectors of Botswana society ranging from politicians, academics, civil society group, etc. that the Constitution of Botswana, which was adopted more than 50 years ago, needs a serious overhaul as it has many shortcomings that makes the country to lag behind other progressive countries in terms of both participatory and inclusive democracy.

It is within this context and in the spirit of the International Day for Democracy (commemorated throughout the whole month of September worldwide) that this piece discusses how the constitutional review process should give some space for reforms in the management of elections in order for the quality of Botswana’s democracy to improve for the better.

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