Monday, August 15, 2022

BCP worried about IEC delays over voters roll

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) says the delay by the Independent Electoral Commission to release the voters roll has disadvantaged them.

BCP has said the delay has disadvantaged them in their quest to encourage those who were unable to register during the general voter registration to register during the just ended supplementary registration.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Taolo Lucas, stated in an interview that the delay has disadvantaged BCP because they were unable to know those who had registered and those who had not.

Lucas said that if the voters roll was available they could have used it to identify and encourage those who were unable to register during the general voter registration to register at the just ended supplementary elections.

Lucas emphasised the need for the IEC to release the voters roll before the second supplementary kickstart.

He said that the IEC’s┬áfailure to release the voters roll shows incompetence. IEC Spokesperson, Osupile Maroba, stated that the process of releasing a voters roll was expected to be complete in two months after the national voters registration. ┬á

He said that the delay was caused by the computerisation of the names of those who had registered.

He stated that the voters roll for those who registered during the general voter registration will be released before the end of this month.  

Maroba said that they had since informed political parties about the delay to release the voters roll.

The BCP has also blamed the IEC for failing to mobilise voters to register for the general elections. 

Lucas stated that the inability to mobilise people should also be blamed on the ruling party which has failed to support the IEC with enough financial resources.

He said that the IEC should not blame the voters for failing to register for the election because they were unable to sensitize people to register for votes.

Lucas called on the IEC to call for another supplementary registration to help the IEC to attract more voters.

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