2004 Botswana general election
57 of the 63 seats to the National Assembly
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General elections were held in Botswana on 30 October 2004, alongside local elections. The result was a ninth straight victory for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which won 44 of the 57 seats in the National Assembly.
The Independent Electoral Commission had a campaign to encourage voter registration, with a target of registering at 500,000 voters. Although it achieved its target, registering around 61% of the estimated 900,000 voting-age population, the opposition Botswana National Front (BNF) accused it of making errors in the registration process.
For the first time, the election campaign involved parties using billboards. However, the opposition claimed that their media access was restricted, and a study by the Media Institute of Southern Africa showed that the BDP had received over 50% of the election coverage. The BDP campaigned on promises to improve training, expand electricity and water supplies and amend laws that discriminated against women. The campaign of the opposition parties focussed on unemployment and poverty. However, although the BNF, Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) and Botswana People's Party (BPP), entered into an electoral pact agreement in 2003, their campaigns were marked by open personal attacks between them and their leaders.
For the first time, international monitors were able to observe the elections, with delegations from the Southern African Development Community, the African Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations in attendance. There were 11,000 personnel from the Independent Electoral Commission involved in running the elections.
|Botswana Democratic Party||213,308||51.73||44||+11|
|Botswana National Front||107,451||26.06||12||+6|
|Botswana Congress Party||68,556||16.62||1||0|
|Botswana Alliance Movement||11,716||2.84||0||0|
|Botswana People's Party||7,886||1.91||0||New|
|New Democratic Front||3,237||0.78||0||New|
|MELS Movement of Botswana||121||0.03||0||0|
|Source: African Elections Database|