19 June 2018

Botswana: Ensure Omang Is Valid At All Times - Official

Masunga — Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) principal elections officer in Masunga Mr Salini Bafaneli has called on electorate in the Ramokgwebana ward to ensure their Omang is valid ahead of the bye elections on July 14.

The by-election comes after the passing of Ramokgwebana ward councillor Mr Phikisani Makgetho in April. Speaking at the party liaison committee meeting recently in Masunga, Mr Bafaneli stated that the IEC office had made arrangements with the Department of Civil and National Registration in Masunga to take their services to Jackalas No 1 and Ramokgwebana in order to assist those whose Omang cards had expired.

He indicated that the special dispensation was implemented whenever there was a by-election.

Mr Bafaneli said only those who registered in 2014 would be eligible to vote during the by-election, adding that even those who had registered then, but chose not to vote, were still eligible. The elections officer further reminded all parties that the nomination for candidates for the by-election would be received on June 22 at Ramoja Junior Secondary School.

He stated that a total of 1 124 voters registered in the Ramokgwebana ward and 908 cast their votes in 2014.

He urged all voters to exercise their right to vote, stating that the IEC office would hold kgotla meetings in the two villages to educate electorate on how to handle ballot papers. He highlighted the need for the Party Liaison Committee to relay all messages pertaining to the election on time to avoid any misunderstanding.

Mr Bafaneli said with the 2019 general elections approaching, every stakeholder needed to be prepared.

North East deputy district commissioner Ms Wapapha Wally called on all political parties to follow the rules on the polling day to avoid disruptions and possible violence. She stated that Botswana was known for conducting peaceful and fair elections, something she said should prevail.

Source : BOPA

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