Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mmolotsi alleges public officers were disenfranchised in last elections

Member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi, will in the next session provide the House with the names of public officers who were disenfranchised in the constituency during the 2009 General Elections.

Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gloria Somolekae, dismissed reports that public officers were disenfranchised owing to the late arrival of voters roll.

“If you have such information and evidence we would be pleased that you furnish this House,” Somolekae challenged Mmolotsi, who promised Parliament to come with the names in the next session.

Parliament ended Friday with Mmolotsi worried by the possibility of a repeat of 2009 national elections fiasco and pleading with the minister to assure the House such abnormality does to recur.

Public servants, including police officers, conduct the monitoring of elections and prior to election time and date are afforded a special opportunity to vote first to ensure the smooth running of the actual general elections.

While police officers are entrusted with security, other public officers, especially teachers, are responsible for actual conduct of elections.

“There are many at my constituency and I will provide this House with names,” Mmolotsi said.
Botswana goes for general elections next year.


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