4 September 2018

Botswana: IEC Appeals to Councillors to Encourage People to Register for Elections

Selebi Phikwe — Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has appealed to Selebi Phikwe councillors to play a role in mobilising residents to register for elections.

Principal elections officer in Selebi Phikwe, Ms Christinah Sesinyi made the appeal during a full council meeting that ended recently.

She explained that councillors as part of the town leadership along with dikgosi were obliged to sensitise people about the importance of voter registration and to vote in the coming general elections.

Ms Sesinyi also informed councillors about offences and penalties related to illegal voter registration.

She said some challenges they encountered in the past were voter trafficking.

She however called on politicians to avoid conniving with registration officers to manipulate the voter register.

She said those found doing so could face the wrath of the law.

Ms Sesinyi explained that people eligible to register and vote were citizens aged 18 years and above.

She said they should have a valid national identity card.

People are encouraged to register to vote at their home villages, places they come from or their current residence due to employment or other businesses, she said.

Furthermore, she said registration of voters started as planned from Monday and would November 11.

She indicated that Selebi Phikwe had 45 polling stations, 21 in Selebi Phikwe West and 24 in the Selebi Phikwe East constituency.

Source : BOPA

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