Preliminary figures show that the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s popular vote has increased marginally. The BDP which won the just ended general elections last week saw its popular vote increasing from 46.7 percent it got in the 2014 elections to 48 .7 percent in the just ended elections.
A few hours before Botswana went to the polls, the country was abuzz with stories of how President Mokgweetsi Masisi had climbed down from the elections contest, and had asked Batswana to vote for the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).
The article that appeared under the headline “SHOCKING NEWS FROM TSHOLETSA HOUSE - MASISI GAVE UP” was posted on two facebook sites.
Botswana’s social media will be weeping buckets the morning after the election results are announced. The Facebook will provide its post elections thoughts and quips. But all in all hundreds of Batswana Face bookers will either be weeping for joy or nursing distress and grief enough to make the angels weep.
Alternative Head of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observer (SEOM) Mission to Botswana Patrick Chinamasa has said it is evident that Batswana women are left behind in politics.
The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) President Duma Gideon Boko has said that the ‘Goliath’ in Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been hit hard by his party’s election manifesto and that former President, Lt General Ian Khama is the ‘spear’ with which the UDC will use to behead it.
President of the South African National Union of Mineworkers in South Joseph Montisetse who has vowed to unseat President Mokgweetsi Masisi is using the full might of the union to help the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).