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Independent Electoral Commission

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The Constitution provides for the appointment for the appointment of an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) (Constitution of Botswana 1966, Section 65A).

Composition

Functions

The functions of the Commission are to (Constitution of Botswana 1966, Section 65A(12)):

    Conduct and supervise elections and referenda.
    Ensure that elections are conducted efficiently, properly, freely and fairly.
    Direct and supervise the work of the Secretary of the Commission.

Goals

Apart from the functions established by law, the IEC has sent itself the following goals (IEC UNDATED):

    To establish an effective voting mechanism.
    To ensure that voters are motivated to vote, informed about how to vote and are officially registered to vote.
    To facilitate the creation of a political climate in which political parties can freely communicate their messagesto the electorate without interference or intimidation for the latter to make informed choice of their political leadership; and
    To conduct civic and voter education.

Term of Office

The term of office of the Commission is the period of two successive terms of Parliament, namely 10 years (Constitution of Botswana 1966 56A(5)).

The Secretary shall vacate his/ her post upon reaching 65 years of age, or such other as may be prescribed by an Ac of Parliament (Constitution of Botswana 1966, Section 66(7)).

Funding

Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

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