FLOOR CROSSING AND ELECTIVE OFFICE: FREEDOM OF CHOICE OR BETRAYAL OF TRUST? – THE CASE OF BOTSWANA
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The world over, countries are grappling with how they can improve their democratic, governance and electoral systems. One of the foremost problems confronting them, especially countries using the first-past-the-post electoral system, is floor crossing. This article examines the arguments advanced in favour of, and those against, floor crossing. It appears that floor crossing is a concern, and most prevalent, in developing countries which are nascent democracies. This article maintains that there should be a balance between the interests of the representative who wants to cross the floor and those of his or her erstwhile party, and the electorate. Such a balance can only be achieved if the electoral system allows a defector to relinquish his or her seat so that there is a fresh election which effectively rejects or endorses his or his defection.