Thursday, June 4, 2020

UDC leader petitions IEC on elections outcome in Bonnington North

Umbrella for Democratic Change leader Duma Boko is challenging election results in a constituency he contested and lost.

He was standing for Gaborone Bonnington North in a contest that he lost to Botswana Democratic Party’s Annah Mokgethi.

Boko’s lawyers, Bayford and Associates have written letters to others who contested the constituency asking them to join Boko’s petition to challenge the election.

The other contenders were Kaelo Molefhe of Alliance for Progressives (AP) and also Clark Lerubisi of Real Alternative Party (RAP).

In their letter to Molefhe, Boko’s lawyers write, “Our client has instructed us to institute an election petition on his behalf in the High Court of Botswana complaining about the undue election of one Annah Mokgethi, who on the 24th October 2019 was declared the victor in respect of the Gaborone Bonnington North constituency elections in which you were also a candidate.

“In the intended petition our client would seek inter-alia the setting aside of the results of the said election by reason of numerous irregularities to be fully traversed.”

“In terms of the proviso to section 116 of the Electoral Act , a petitioner is required before lodging a petition with the high court to afford every person, other than the victor who was a candidate at the election to which the petition relates an opportunity of becoming a party to the petition as a co-petitioner.”

“By this letter,” continues the letter, “you are accordingly afforded the said opportunity. kindly indicate by return within two (2) days of receipt of this letter whether you want to avail yourself the opportunity of being joined as co-petitioner in the intended petition.  If we do not hear from you the, we shall presume that you do not wish to be so joined and proceed with the petition without further reference to yourself,” it ends.

Even before the Independent Electoral Commission could finish reading out all results of the October 23rd General Elections Duma Boko had made known his reservation about the whole exercise.

His apprehensions were in line with his attitude going into the elections where at a presidential debate he effectively said he would only accept a General Election that had the UDC as its overall winner.

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