The National Assembly of Botswana
Palamente ya Botswana
|12th Parliament of Botswana|
New session started
|November 5, 2019|
Leader of the House
Mokgweetsi Masisi, ex-officio
Leader of the Opposition
Official opposition (14)
Length of term
|23 October 2019|
|National Assembly Chamber|
The current National Assembly, formed following elections held on 23 October 2019, has a total of 65 members. 57 members are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or first-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. Six members are co-opted (by secret ballot of the rest of the Assembly) while the remaining two (the President and Attorney-general) are ex officio.
|Botswana Democratic Party||39|
|Specially elected MPs||6|
|President of Botswana||1|
|Umbrella for Democratic Change||14|
|Botswana Patriotic Front||3|
|Alliance for Progressives||1|
Previous National Assembly election resultsEdit
|Political party||Election year|
|Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)||28||24||27||29||29||31||27||33||44||45||37||38|
|Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||17||–|
|Botswana National Front (BNF)||–||3||2||2||4||3||13||6||12||6||15|
|Botswana People's Party (BPP)||3||3||2||1||1||–||–||–||–||–|
|Botswana Congress Party (BCP)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1||1||4||3|
|Botswana Independence Party (BIP)||–||1||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1||–||–|
|Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||3|
|Alliance for Progressives (AP)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||1|
Note: In the pre-independence 1965 election, the Botswana Democratic Party was known as the Bechuanaland Democratic party and the Botswana People's Party was known as the Bechuanaland People's Party. The chart also does not include ex-officio and co-opted members.
Despite being a one party dominant state since independence, all elections held in the country have been considered democratic, free, and fair.
Speaker Leader of opposition Leader of the house Constituencies Party whips
- "The Speaker". parliament.gov.bw. Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- Mompati Tlhankane. "Moatlhodi takes over as Deputy Speaker". mmegi.bw. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Leader of the House". parliament.gov.bw. Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Leader of the Opposition". parliament.gov.bw. Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Party Whips". parliament.gov.bw. Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "Masisi's SEMPs A Tough Assignment". Mmegi. The Monitor. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- "FAQs". parliament.gov.bw. Parliament of Botswana. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
- Norton, Philip (2006-08-07). "How many bicameral legislatures are there?". The Journal of Legislative Studies. 10 (4): 1–9. doi:10.1080/1357233042000322436. S2CID 143950774.