1.   Short title


   2.   Application of Act


   3.   Interpretation


   4.   Time and place of nomination


   5.   Form of nomination


   6.   Form of support


   7.   Appointment of authenticating officers


   8.   Authentication of support papers


   9.   Examination of nomination papers and counting of support papers


   10.   Declaration of candidates validly nominated


   11.   Nomination and support papers to be open for inspection


   12.   Choice of colour and symbol


   13.   Decision of returning officer and Supervision of Elections final


   14.   Power to amend Schedules and to prescribe forms


   15.   Penalties




      First Schedule - Nomination Paper for a Presidential Candidate


      Second Schedule - Support Paper for a Presidential Candidate


      Third Schedule - Notice of Choice of Colour and Symbol



Act 41, 1969,
S.I. 71, 1975,
Act 14, 1977,
Act 14, 1979,
S.I. 78, 1979,
Act 20, 2014.

An Act to make provision ancillary to the Constitution of Botswana for the election of a President.

[Date of Commencement: 22nd August, 1969]


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Presidential Elections (Supplementary Provisions) Act.


2.   Application of Act

   This Act shall apply in respect of the holding of an election to the office of President in accordance with the provisions of section 32 of the Constitution.


3.   Interpretation

   In this Act unless the context otherwise requires-

   "candidate" means a candidate for office of President;

   "days" include Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays;

   "returning officer" means the Chief Justice of Botswana;

   "Supervisor of Elections" means the person designated as Supervisor of Elections in accordance with the provisions of section 66 of the Constitution.


4.   Time and place of nomination

   (1) Nomination day of candidates shall be the first Saturday following the expiry of 20 days after each dissolution of the National Assembly.

   (2) Every nomination of a candidate shall be handed to the returning officer at the High Court at Gaborone, between the hours of 10 o'clock in the forenoon and 1 o'clock in the afternoon or between the hours of 2 o'clock and 5 o'clock in the afternoon of nomination day.

   (3) For the purposes of subsection (2) the expression "nomination" means a nomination paper and the support papers in respect of the candidate who is named in such nomination paper.


5.   Form of nomination

   (1) Every candidate shall be nominated by a proposer and a seconder (who shall be regarded as supporters for the purposes of section 32 of the Constitution) being persons who are registered as voters for the purposes of elections to the National Assembly and the nomination shall be made on a nomination paper in the form prescribed in the First Schedule.

   (2) A nomination paper shall not be valid unless it is signed by the candidate, his proposer and seconder or marked by them with their marks and contains in accordance with the requirements noted on the form the following particulars-


   (a)   the full name and address of the candidate, his constituency, the polling station at which he is registered and his number on the election roll;


   (b)   the name, address and constituency of both the proposer and the seconder, and the polling station at which they are registered and their number on the Election Roll;


   (c)   a statement by the candidate that he is willing and qualified to stand for election.

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