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dc.contributor.author Molomo, M.G.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-17T13:26:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-17T13:26:20Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation Molomo, M.G. (2000) In search of an alternative electoral system for Botswana, Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies, Vol.14, No. 1, pp.109-121 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/900
dc.description.abstract Electoral systems are manipulative instruments that determine how elections are won and lost. Botswana is widely regarded as a frontrunner in democratic politics, but the electoral system that it operates has been wanting in some respects. Tthe First-past-the-post system has helped to consolidate democratic practice, and also provides for an effective link between Members of Parliament and their constituencies, but empirical evidence suggests that it is the least democratic electoral system. Its winner-take-all practic distorts electoral outcomes, and often produces minority governments. The article proceeds to discuss proportional representation (PR) and semi-proportional representation, and outlines their strengths and weaknesses. The paper concludes that since both the FPTP system and PR systems have inherent limitations, the best system would be one that draws on the best aspects of each system. The anicle recommends a variation of the Mixed-Member Proportionality system. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies en_US
dc.subject Elections Botswana en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Elections--Botswana en_US
dc.title In search of an alternative electoral system for Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/PULA/pula014001/pula014001012.pdf en_US


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