Botswana's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Tuesday that it has no choice but to engage in supplementary voter registration early next year to be able to meet the targeted voters for registration.
This comes after the just closed Botswana 2014 National elections voter registration has failed to come reach targeted eligible voters since registration started 4 weeks ago.
IEC spokesperson Osupile Maroba said the commission did not achieve to reach its target of 80 percent of the 1.4 million eligible voters. With just a population of 2 million people, only 293 thousand people had registered for the 2014 polls. The figure however is yet to be confirmed, but not more than 300 thousand has not been reached to register. Maroba said the electoral commission is due to meet later on Tuesday in a special meeting to evaluate the voter registration status for next year's general elections and a possible supplementary registration will be arranged.
Maroba said if a supplementary registration is opened, more people should come forward and register to exercise their right of voting for a government of their choice. The Commission according to Maroba has done its assignment to sensitize the public on the importance of registering for the polls and it was disappointing that they failed to reach their target.