Thursday, May 23, 2024

BNF’s Central Committee, Mahalapye East disagree on eligibility of MP candidate

The Botswana National Front’s electoral campaign to retain the Mahalapye East parliamentary seat is getting off to a rocky start. The reason is that the party’s Central Committee and the Constituency Committee don’t agree on whether the sole candidate, Augustine Nyatanga, qualifies to contest in primary elections that have been postponed twice so far.

In terms of procedure, party members who qualify were invited to submit their names for vetting by the Committee. Among those who responded to this invitation were Nyatanga and Lawrence Tshipana. As outlined in a report prepared by the Secretary of the Constituency Committee, David Massi, the vetting process entailed the “checking and verification” of relevant information by the constituency committee for parliamentary candidates as well as ward committees for local government (council) candidates. However, party rules are very clear that Central Committee has the final say on who gets to contest in primary elections – meaning that the Committee can overrule constituency committees.

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