GABORONE – The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the general election after securing 29 national assembly seats required to form a government, representing 51% of the vote, the chief justice announced on Friday, October 25th .
Botswana voted on Wednesday, October 23th to elect 57 national assembly and 490 local government representatives, with the candidate of the winning party set to become president.
This means the BDP retains power and all three presidential candidates that were running against Mokgweetsi Masisi have lost.Masisi tweeted on Friday, October 25th mid afternoon thanking the Batswana community about the victory of his party:
Batswana, thank you for voting @TsholetsaDomi! I'm humbled & honoured that you again entrusted the BDP. As the President of Botswana for the next 5 years, I'm blessed & privileged to serve you & promise that I'll continue to do so with integrity, compassion, humility & honesty. pic.twitter.com/Q7qvmQJ7gU
— Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi (@OfficialMasisi) October 25, 2019
Many of his tweeps responded to his tweet:
Congratulations Mr. President. May your second term be one that gives you lasting legacy. Be candid on a rogue member country govt in #Zimbabwe ZANU PF. Advocate that SADC stand with the people of Zimbabwe & not the ruling elites & their business oligarchs. This is from the heart
— Ishmael Mazorodze 🌐 (@IshmaelMaz) October 25, 2019
Congratulations Mr. President.
— Neo Lebati (@NenzoLebati) October 25, 2019
Congratulations Mr. President. All the best on this journey.
— Winnie M. M ✨ (@Winxx_777) October 25, 2019
Voting results from 57 constituencies are in and the chief justice announced the final election results a short while ago.
Botswana’s chief justice says President Mokgweetsi Masisi will remain in office after his ruling party won enough parliament seats in this week’s election.
The final results are not yet complete but Chief Justice Terence Rannowane said on Friday, October 25th the ruling Botswana Democratic Party has won the needed 29 seats in the National Assembly.
“Although vote counting is still ongoing, the numbers of parliament seats attained so far by the BDP obliges me to declare Mokgweetsi Masisi as the elected president of Botswana,” said Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane according to Reuters.
The long-peaceful southern African nation had faced its tightest and unprecedented election in history after former President Ian Khama defected and announced his support for an opposition coalition instead.
Many had questioned whether the ruling party would be overthrown for the first time since independence in 1966, five decades ago.
But opposition coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change was well behind with a dozen seats as counting neared an end.
Observers said Wednesday’s election went smoothly in one of Africa’s most stable countries.