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National Assembly

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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 17 May 1968
Last amendment: August 1997
Mode of designation directly elected 57
indirectly elected 4
other 2
Constituencies 57 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Direct election, simple majority vote.
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- Botswana citizenship
- residence in country for continuous period of not less than 12 months prior to registration as elector or residence in country at time of registration for native
- disqualifications: insanity, allegiance to a foreign State, death sentence, imprisonment of or exceeding six months, election-connected offence
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- Botswana citizenship
- ability to speak and read English well enough to take an active part in the proceedings of the National Assembly
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy
Incompatibilities - membership of House of Chiefs
- certain public offices
- election-connected office
Candidacy requirements - nomination by two electors of constituency
- support by seven electors of constituency
- monetary deposit reimbursed if the candidate obtains 1/20 or more of the votes cast in the constituency

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