Botswana's ruling party poised for victory in elections: research network

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-16 22:44:51|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GABORONE, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), the southern African country's ruling party, is poised for a landslide victory in the forthcoming general elections scheduled for Oct. 23, said a survey report published by Afrobaromter on Wednesday.

The report is the first ever scientific survey poll on the possible outcome of the 2019 general elections that was conducted by Afrobarometer, a non-partisan pan-African research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance and economic conditions.

"In a hypothetical election, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party would enjoy a 2-to-1 lead over the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) thus 44 percent to 22 percent," according to a survey conducted between July and August this year.

Furthermore, the report stated that almost one-fourth of respondents did not reveal their voting preference or said they would not vote.

The report revealed that "nearly six in 10 respondents said they feel closer to a political party while 40 percent said they do not. Among those who feel close to a political party, a majority 56 percent identified with the ruling BDP while UDC came second with 22 percent."

Afrobarometer said samples are designed to generate a sample that is a representative cross-section of all citizens of voting age in a given country.