The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s upcoming elective congress, scheduled for next week in Maun, is expected to endorse resolutions that were made during this year’s annual national council.
BDP Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, made this revelation on Thursday during a press conference in Gaborone and pointed out that the purpose of the congress as per the party Constitution Article 26, which entails national policy making as the National Congress, is the Supreme National Policy making Organ. Balopi added that the congress also is to formulate and revise party policies and programmes.
“The Policies adopted by the national congress shall be binding upon all members of the BDP and shall be obligatory for all members to adopt and implement. Such policies may only be removed or altered by the National Congress,” said Balopi.
He stated that the aim for the congress is also to amend, approve or adopt the party constitution as well as to define, orient and approve general policies and plans for the nation’s development. Balopi added that the other purpose of the congress is to elect the President of the Party and members of the central committee by secret ballot.
“This congress comes at a point in time when the BDP is preparing for the 2014 general election. Consistent with our democratic traditions, we shall have central committee elections where those elected will lead the BDP to victory in 2014,” he said.
Balopi pointed out that the congress is also coming at a time when the BDP is experiencing phenomenal growth and is much stronger and more united than ever. He gave an example that out of 16 contested by-elections since 2010 the BDP has won 12 and added that three of these were parliamentary by-elections.
“This is the year for our internal elections Bulela Ditswe and the rules and regulations as well as code of conduct should be much considered. We have also compiled information in packaged document handouts,” he stated.
Balopi emphasized that the BDP continues to register new members in large numbers, which includes some notable opposition heavy weights, and added that it shows that the popularity and the vibrancy of the BDP Brand remains a major force to reckon with.
“The formation of BMD was as a result of misinformed people; factions are no more in the BDP as there are new names coming up at the congress. As is BDP tradition, we have invited our fraternal guests from across the region. The Congress will also be graced by various representatives of foreign missions,” Balopi stated.
The BDP elective congress will see the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, squaring off against Member of Parliament for Tati East, Samson Moyo Guma, for the party’s Chairpersonship.
Balopi pointed out that the preparations for the congress are at an advanced stage and that over 1000 delegates are expected.
“We mobilize Batswana who share a common vision for the achievement of pluralistic democratic society,” Balopi added.
The congress is scheduled for July 5th -7th and it is their 35th elective national congress.