The Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries have all declared the recently-conducted Botswana elections free and fair.
The SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) headed by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign and International Affairs, Retired Major General Sibusiso Moyo released its preliminary report this weekend. Part of the report reads:
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) managed the elections efficiently and delivered on the establishment of 2,296 polling stations ahead of the elections.
These included 36 polling stations outside Botswana, to cater for the diaspora vote in 20 countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia.
Retired Major General Sibusiso Moyo represented the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security (Troika), President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The Botswana elections were held on the 23rd of October and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won 29 parliamentary seats out of 57, and its leader, Mokgweetsi Masisi automatically became the president of the country.