CHAPTER 05:03
COMMISSIONERS OF OATHS

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

   SECTION

 

 

 

   1.   Short title

 

   2.   Appointment of commissioners of oaths

 

   3.   Ex officio commissioners of oaths

 

   4.   Powers and jurisdiction of commissioners of oaths

 

   5.   Penalties for false statements in affidavits, etc.

 

   6.   Regulations

 

 

 

      Schedule - Ex-officio Commissioners of Oaths

 

 

Proc. 1, 1955,
Proc. 53, 1955,
Cap. 50, 1959,
H.C.N. 51, 1962,
H.C.N. 83, 1962,
HMC Order 1, 1963,
L.N. 55, 1965,
L.N. 84, 1966,
L.N. 94, 1966,
S.I. 16, 1967,
S.I. 22, 1967,
S.I. 59, 1968,
S.I. 63, 1968,
S.I. 85, 1968,
S.I. 61, 1969,
S.I. 77, 1969,
S.I. 1, 1973,
S.I. 45, 1973,
S.I. 71, 1973,
S.I. 75, 1973,
S.I. 18, 1974,
S.I. 143, 1974,
S.I. 50, 1975,
S.I. 80, 1975,
S.I. 88, 1975,
S.I. 133, 1975,
S.I. 144, 1975,
S.I. 152, 1975,
S.I. 75, 1976,
S.I. 107, 1976,
S.I. 28, 1978,
S.I. 68, 1978,
S.I. 131, 1978,
S.I. 161, 1978,
S.I. 110, 1979,
S.I. 89, 1980,
S.I. 103, 1982,
S.I. 6, 1983,
S.I. 105, 1983,
S.I. 129, 1983,
S.I. 144, 1984,
S.I. 158, 1985,
S.I. 69, 1986,
S.I. 2, 1988,
S.I. 20, 1988,
S.I. 76A, 1988,
S.I. 86, 1988,
S.I. 2, 1991,
S.I. 76, 1992,
S.I. 25, 1993,
S.I. 77, 1994,
S.I. 9, 1995,
S.I. 83, 1996,
S.I. 1, 1997,
S.I. 33, 1997,
S.I. 1, 1997,
S.I. 77, 1997,
S.I. 1, 1998,
S.I. 32, 1998,
S.I. 83, 1998,
S.I. 69, 1999,
S.I. 97, 1999,
S.I. 47, 2003,
Act 18, 2006,
S.I. 27, 2007,
S.I. 66, 2007,
S.I. 65, 2011,
S.I. 87, 2011,
S.I. 98, 2011,
S.I. 91, 2012,
S.I. 73, 2014,
S.I. 120, 2014,
S.I. 15, 2016.

An Act to make provision for the appointment of commissioners of oaths in Botswana.

[Date of Commencement: 4th February, 1955]

 

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Commissioners of Oaths Act.

 

2.   Appointment of commissioners of oaths

   (1) The Minister may appoint commissioners of oaths for Botswana who shall hold their commissions during the pleasure of the Minister.

   (2) The name and address of every person so appointed shall be notified by the Minister in the Gazette, and on the cancellation of any such appointment that fact shall be likewise notified.

 

3.   Ex-officio commissioners of oaths

   (1) Any person holding, or lawfully acting in, any office specified in Part I or Part II of the Schedule shall, during his tenure thereof or while he is so acting and except when suspended from the functions thereof, be a commissioner of oaths for the area described in the second column of that Schedule in relation to the name of his office.

   (2) The Minister may, by statutory instrument, make an order amending Part II of the said Schedule by the addition thereto of any office whatsoever or deletion therefrom of any office mentioned in that Part, and by varying any area of jurisdiction prescribed therein, and by prescribing an area of jurisdiction in respect of any office so added.

 

4.   Powers and jurisdiction of commissioners of oaths

   A commissioner of oaths may, within the area in respect of which he is under this Act appointed or declared to be a commissioner of oaths, administer an oath on affidavit, or take a solemn or attested declaration whenever requested to do so; or whenever he, if he is also a member of the Botswana Police Force, considers it desirable that a statement on oath or solemn or attested declaration be obtained in connection with any alleged offence, and the person concerned is willing to make such a statement or declaration; or whenever statements on oath or solemn or attested declarations are required by any law in force in that area:

   Provided that he shall not administer an oath or take a solemn or attested declaration in respect of any matter in which he has not, or does not believe himself to have, jurisdiction, cognizance or authority.

 

5.   Penalties for false statements in affidavits, etc.

   Any person who, in an affidavit or solemn or attested declaration made before a person competent to administer the oath or take the declaration, makes a false statement corruptly or maliciously or knowing it to be false, shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to the penalties prescribed by law for the crime of perjury.

 

6.   Regulations

   The President may make regulations prescribing the form and manner in which oaths and declarations shall be taken, when not prescribed by any other law, and generally for the better carrying out of the objects and purposes of this Act.

SCHEDULE
EX-OFFICIO COMMISSIONERS OF OATHS

PART I

 

Office Held 

Area in which oath may be administered or declaration taken 

1. Attorney 

The whole of Botswana 

2. Justice of the Peace 

The whole of Botswana 

3. Notary Public 

The whole of Botswana

PART II

 

Office Held 

Area in which oath may be administered or declaration taken

 

 

STATE PRESIDENT

 

Office of the President

 

Permanent Secretary to the President 

The whole of Botswana 

Administrative Secretary 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administrative) 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Development) 

The whole of Botswana 

Councillor for Permanent Affairs 

The whole of Botswana 

Clerk of Cabinet 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Private Secretary to the President 

The whole of Botswana 

Coordinator (Public Service Reforms) 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Assistant Director (Reforms) 

The whole of Botswana 

Director, Ministerial Finances 

The whole of Botswana 

Director, Ministry Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Private Secretary (Office of the President) 

The whole of Botswana 

Director, Disaster Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Director, Ministry Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Assistant Director, Ministry Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Under Secretary, Political Affairs 

The whole of Botswana 

Administrative Officers at C1 level and above designated by the Permanent Secretary 

The whole of Botswana 

Directorate of Public Service Management 

Director of Public Service Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Administrative Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime 

Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Assistant Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Anti Corruption Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Anti Corruption Officer I 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Anti Corruption Officer II 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Anti Corruption Officer I 

The whole of Botswana 

Anti Corruption Officer I 

The whole of Botswana 

Anti Corruption Officer II 

The whole of Botswana 

Assistant Anti Corruption Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Technician Model 

Anti Corruption Technical Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Anti Corruption Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Anti Corruption Technical Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Anti Corruption Technical Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Anti Corruption Coordinator 

The whole of Botswana 

Artisan Model 

Senior Anti Corruption Assistant 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Anti Corruption Assistant 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Anti Corruption Assistant 

The whole of Botswana 

Directorate on Intelligence and Security 

All officers of the rank of Sergeant and above 

The whole of Botswana 

Botswana National Productivity Centre 

Executive Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Corporate Services Manager 

The whole of Botswana 

Francistown Office Manager 

The whole of Botswana 

Human Resources Manager 

The whole of Botswana 

National Assembly 

Member of Parliament 

The whole of Botswana 

Clerk of the National Assembly 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly 

The whole of Botswana 

Parliamentary Counsel 

The whole of Botswana 

Director, Ministry Management 

The whole of Botswana 

Deputy Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Assistant Director 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Assistant Clerks 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Research, Information and Public Relations Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Sergeant-at-Arms 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Clerk Assistant 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Research Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Editor 

The whole of Botswana 

Chief Translator 

The whole of Botswana 

Senior Research Officer 

The whole of Botswana 

Assistant Clerks 

The whole of Botswana 

Principal Clerk Assistants 

The whole of Botswana 

Ntlo Ya Dikgosi 

Chairperson of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi 

The whole of B

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