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Botswana to go to the polls October 23

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development have set October 23 as the date for parliamentary and local elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday.

A release from officials has ordered the holding of the 2019 General Elections to fill the fifty-seven (57) National Assembly vacancies and four hundred and ninety (490) Local Government vacancies.

The independent electoral commission will begin receiving nominations of candidates from September 26 2019 at the designated nomination center of each constituency and polling district.
President Masisi has dissolved the parliament as the country gears up for the October polls.

He will be running for the first time as president but will come up against an opposition boasting of his predecessor Ian Khama.

In May 2019, Former Botswana President Ian Khama told his supporters he was supporting the opposition against the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) during the October elections.

He has switched support from the BDP to opposition alliance Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

A fallout between the incumbent and his predecessor is expected to play a part in the October elections.

Ever since Botswana gained its independence in 1966 from the United Kingdom it has held elections regularly and avoided electoral disputes.

The BDP ruling party has for decades enjoyed the support of a generation of voters won over with high spending on education and welfare benefits. However, there is growing discontent among younger voters and the urban middle class who say change is due after nearly five decades of BDP rule.

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