PALAPYE ESTABLISHES EBOLA ISOLATION CENTRES
The public is hereby informed that the swearing in of the 57 newly elected members of Parliament plus the 4 specially elected Members of Parliament is set to take place at the Parliament Buildings today Thursday 30th October 2014 at 1400hrs.
Members of the public who wish to witness the swearing in ceremony are encouraged to come early and be seated by at least 1300hrs as there is limited sitting space. Otherwise, big plasma screens will be mounted on Parliament Grounds on the day of the event to allow for alternative live viewing of the swearing in ceremony.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF BOTSWANA HELD AT GABORONE
The Speaker of the National Assembly has announced the postponement of the swearing in of all the elected members of Parliament as this cannot take place until the State President has issued a Proclamation allowing Parliament to convene.
Know your Specially Elected MPs
I have the honour and privilege of taking this solemn Presidential Oath of Office. In doing so, I am once more humbled by the trust and confidence and great responsibility that has been conferred upon me and my party to once more lead our country forward.
We have just emerged from another election that has once more demonstrated our commitment to the democratic processes and values that have sustained our peaceful progress over the past five decades.
I must commend the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and all others who ensured that this year's poll, like all of those that have preceded it, was conducted in a free and fair manner.
AGGREGATED VOTING % BASED ON PARLIAMENTARY CONTESTS
The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) will be the main opposition party in Parliament. Two years after its formation through a coalition between Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP), UDC gained 17 constituencies at the polls on October 24, beating the previous highest number of 13 by the BNF in 1994. Its leader, Mr Duma Boko, is therefore expected assume the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOO) seat as is the norm when the opposition has majority seats.