Botswana: Defunct parties

Updated June 2010

Parties ordered by date of founding.

Party Remarks
Bechuanaland Protectorate Federal Party (BPFP) Founded in 1959, disintegrated by the 1965 election
Bechuanaland Peoples Party (BPP Motsete) Leader: Kgalemang Motsete
Founded in 1963 after a split in the original BPP. It contested the 1965 elections but won no seats. By the 1969 elections the party had disintegrated.
Botswana Independence Party (BIP) Leader: Motsamai Mpho
Founded in 1962 as BPP (Mpho), merged with Botswana Freedom Party (BFP) to form Independence Freedom Party (IFP) in 1994.
Botswana Freedom Party (BFP) Leader: Chief Bathoen Gaseitsiwe II
Founded in c1989, merged with Botswana Independence Party (BIP) to form Independence Freedom Party (IFP) in 1994.
Independence Freedom Party (IFP) Leader: Motsamai Mpho
Founded in 1994, merged with the UAP to form BAM in 1999
United Action Party (UAP)
AKA BOSHELE
Leader: Ephraim Lepetu Setshwaelo
Founded in 1997, merged with the IFP to form BAM in 1999
Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM) Leader: Ephraim Lepetu Setshwaelo
Founded in 1999 as a merger of IFP and UAP, merged with Botswana Congress Party in May 2010
New Democratic Front (NDF) Leader: Dick Bayford
Founded in 2003 by Botswana National Front dissidents, merged with Botswana Congress Party in 2004