1969 Botswana general election

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1969 Botswana general election

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31 of the 35 seats in the National Assembly
16 seats needed for a majority
Turnout76,858 (54.73%)
  Majority party Minority party
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Leader Seretse Khama Bathoen Gaseitsiwe
Leader's seat Serowe North Kanye South
Last election 80.38% Did not contest
Seats before 28
Seats won 24 3
Seat change Decrease4 Increase3
Popular vote 52,218 10,410
Percentage 68.21% 13.60%
Swing Decrease12.17

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Philip Matante Motsamai Mpho
Leader's seat Francistown Okavango
Last election 14.18 4.61
Seats before 3 0
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Steady Increase1
Popular vote 19,964 19,964
Percentage 12.19% 6.00%
Swing Decrease2.01 Increase1.39

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Results by constituency

President before election

Seretse Khama

Elected President

Seretse Khama

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General elections were held in Botswana on 18 October 1969, the first since independence in September 1966. With 140,428 registered voters, a decrease from the 188,950 in 1965, turnout was 54.73%.[1] The result was a second successive landslide victory for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), who won 24 of the 31 elected seats,[2] including three in which they were unopposed.[3]


A total of 77 candidates contested the elections. The BDP put up a full slate of 31 candidates, whilst the Botswana National Front had 21, the Botswana People's Party had 15, the Botswana Independence Party had nine, and there was also a single independent candidate.[3]

The Botswana National Front was founded following the 1965 elections, and was headed by Kenneth Koma. However, Koma was overshadowed by Bathoen II, the paramount chief of the Bangwaketse. Bathoen abdicated his throne to become BNF president, and had also resigned from the Ntlo ya Dikgosi, which he regarded as powerless.[3] He was the first traditional leader to run in an election.[3]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Botswana Democratic Party 52,218 68.3 24 –4
Botswana National Front 10,410 13.5 3 New
Botswana People's Party 9,329 12.1 3 0
Botswana Independence Party 4,601 6.0 1 +1
Total 76,858 100 31 0
Registered voters/turnout 140 428 54.7
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Botswana: 1969 National Assembly results Archived 2010-05-11 at the Wayback Machine EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p113 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  3. ^ a b c d Botswana: The October 1969 General Election Archived 2010-03-19 at the Wayback Machine EISA