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The IndependentElectoral Commission (IEC) is continuing with its educational exercise to inform, motivate and acquaint the public servants on elections and democracy issues in preparation to the anticipated 2014 General Elections. Theexercise comes as a result of the realization that memebers of the Public Service and some stakeholders mya have been left out in the past in issues of civic eduaction, hence the need to extend dissemination of electoral information to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and support among various stakeholders. The Commission has received unprecedented and overwhelming response from stakeholders and would like to express its deepest gratitude. The Commission continues to request your good offices to invite its staff as resource persons to your respective general, Heads of department, District or Regional staff meetings and other gatherings to address them. TOWARDS 2014: Promoting stakeholder participation in the electoral process
We as members of election management bodies, regional and international organisations and institutions, donors, practitioners, specialists and representatives from the academic and diplomatic community - all working in the field of elections, meeting in Gaborone, Botswana from 7 - 9 March 2011 for the 5th Global Electoral Organisation Conference. Appreciating the opening address by His Excellency, Sir Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President Botswana and his assertion that although there is still a democracy deficit in parts of the world, it remains a vital aspiration of millions and a much sought after universal value. Recognising recent events in parts of Africa and the Middle East, the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, the launch of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security that seeks to place elections and democracy at the centre of the international agenda and promote and protect the intergrity of electoral processes in order to achieve a more secure, prosperous and stable world. Acknowledging the intention of fostering an exchange of ideas and experiences among the elections community to address issues related to elections and its role within the democratic framework, including electoral reform, elections and conflict and engaging electoral stakeholders. We therefore: Affirm that democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of the people to determine through participation thier own political, economic, social and cultural systems; Emphasize that democracy, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing; Recognise that elections exist as a cornerstone of democracy that empowers people to participate in the selection of their political representatives; Note that an increasing number of countries around the globe conduct elections as a peaceful means of discerning the will of the people, but also observe increasing instances of election-related violence; Highlight the importance of establishing and strenghthening the professionalism of credible electoral institutions; Acknowledge the need to address the root causes of, and reduce the potential for election-related violence, which is a form of political violence; Call greater attention to the importance of promoting gender equality in all economic, political and social contexts and empowering women in the conduct and administration of elections; And in consideration hereof, we call upon participants of the conference, individuals and organisations, i cooperation with us, to bring the experiences and outcomes of this conference tot he attention of electoral authorities, political parties, civil society, the media and others accross the globe, to endeavor to ensure more credible and inclusive electoral processes and undertake to reconvene to regularly assess progress made and chart a course for future improvements.
On Saturday 26th February 2011, the polling districts of Shashe Mooke and Ikageleng Phase 1 held by-elections. The by-elections came as a result of the vacancies due to the death of two councillors. Registered voters for Ikageleng Phase 1 for the 2009 general elections were 1563 while for Shashe Mooke were 1275. The turnout for the by-elections fell below half of the 2009 general elections. For Ikageleng Phase 1, in 2009 the votes cast were 1262 with 12 rejected ballots while for the by-election only 680 voted with 7 rejected ballots. A total of 883 did not turn out to vote in the by-elections. In Shsahe Mooke 1275 electorate registered for the 2009 general elections and the turn out for that year was 919 with 29 rejected votes. In the by-election, a total number of 763 voters cast their votes and recorded only 7 rejected ballots. A concerted effort from all stakeholders is necessary to reverse the trend and safeguard democracy. The results were as follows: IKAGELENG PHASE 1 BCP262 BDP333 INDEPENDENT78 REJECTED BALLOTS7 SHASHE MOOKE BDP383 BPP78 BNF295 REJECTED BALLOTS7
Prepare for the poll on the 26th February 2011: All voters who registered for the 2009 elections in the affected polling district or registered after the election in reference are eligible to vote in these by-elections. Voters need the 2009 registration card (blue) and a valid Omang for them to cast a vote on the 26th February 2011. Misplaced or lost registration card If a voter has misplaced their registration card they may obtain a duplicate registration card from the IEC office during working hours before the Election Day (26/2/11). IEC area office covering the constituency within which the vacancy has occurred will arrange visits to various villages within the polling district to issue duplicate cards. NB: duplicate card may be issued until a day before polling day Expired Omang or Omang expires before the 26th February 2011 Ensure that you renew your Omang (ID) card before polling day. Only valid Omang will be accepted for a voter to their vote. CANDIDATES Aspiring candidates in Shashe Mooke or Ikageleng Phase 1 polling district On nomination day – 4th February 2011 all candidates will be expected to provide the following at the nomination centre in accordance with section 35 of the Electoral Act: •Proof of payment of deposit equivalent to P100.00 •Proposer, seconder and not fewer than seven other persons as supporters for inclusion in the nomination form O. Omang card should always be valid. NB: their names should be in the roll of the polling district in which the candidate seeks election. •The proposer, seconder and seven other persons should be correctly registered. All Independent candidates are required to submit therein colour and symbol before nomination day for approval by the IEC •Independent candidates are also required to provide proposer, seconder and seven other persons as is the case with candidates who stand under the ticket of political parties. •They are also required to pay a deposit of P100.00 or show proof of payment of the amount for their nomination papers to be accepted.
Election experts from all over the world are meeting in Gaborone, Botswana from the 7th to 9th March 2011 for one of the key events in global democracy. It is the first time in the history of Global Electoral Organisation (GEO) conference to be held in Africa. The conference is beingorganised by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of Botswana. The GEO brings together politicians, academics, donors, international organisations and electoral management bodies (EMBs) from all continents to share their experiences, discuss current challenges facing elections and new approaches to managing them. Delegates will examine different aspects of the election process under the theme"Credible Elections for Democracy"such as election reform, elections and conflict, and how to engage stakeholders. Thedeliberations will end with a conference declaration - the "Gaborone Declaration"- that will serve as a reference point for the future.
The Minister of Local Government on the 20th January,2011 issued Election Instruments ordering the holding of by-elections for Members of Councils for Shashe Mooke and Ikageleng Phase 1 Polling Districts in the Tonota South and Selibe Phikwe East Constituencies respectively. Nominations of candidates shall be received on the 4th February,2011 at Shashe Mooke Primary School, Shashe Mooke and Ikageleng Community Hall, Selibe Phikwe between the hours of 9.00 am to 1.00pm and 2.30pm to 5.00pm. any poll that may become necessary shall be taken on the 26th February,2011 .
The commission took a deliberate effort to engage international IDEA to audit its process on the basis of its mandate. The main purpose was for IDEA to take critical assessment of 2009 election processes according to the existing legal framework and administrative processes. IDEA has submitted the final report to IEC and it will be availed to the public through our website by end of June 2010.
Voters in Moshawana polling district in Kgatleng west will be going to the polls pending the equality of votes between the Botswana Congress Party(BCP) and the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). On the 16th October 2009 General Election Patrick Hersey of BDP and Phillip Pona Lebotse of BCP obtained 431 votes each, forcing a tie that can only be settled throgh a re election in accordance with the electoral law. A nomination for the re election was held on the 13th November 2009, the two candidates and Isaac Kgetse of the Botswana National Front registered their names. Who is eligible to vote? The re-election requires only Moshawana registered electorate to cast their vote for the decider. Voters still require the 2009 general elections registration card and valid Omang Card. Every voter will vote at a polling station wherethey registered. Validity of voter registration card The life of voter registration card takes five years. In the interim is used in by-elections that may take place within the five years of its life span. If the card is lost or destroyed a voter is entitled to seek a duplicate card from any IEC office during working hours (0730 - 1630).
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