Monday, April 22, 2024

Batswana among Africans losing confidence in elections 

A new research suggests that Batswana are feeling less confident about electoral processes and procedures in recent years. 

The Afrobarometer report titled “As Africans enter a busy political year, skepticism marks weakening support for elections” states that confidence that elections enable voters to replace non-performing leaders is also low in Botswana. 

Stating that the country where the confidence is “strikingly low is Gabon (14%), where the Bongo family succession lasted 55 years before being terminated by a coup d’état in August 2023, and in Eswatini (15%), where a constitutional monarchy has resisted demands for political reform,” the report noted that “Even though Mauritius and Botswana are touted as democratic models, only one-third of their citizens (34% each) see their elections as empowering voters to unseat incumbents.” 

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