4 October 2018

Botswana: Over 8 000 Register So Far

Letlhakeng — A total of 8 374 voters have already registered in the two constituencies of Letlhakeng-Lephepe and Takatokwane during the ongoing national voter registration exercise.

When updating members of the Party Liaison Committee (PLC) recently, principal election officer for Letlhakeng, Mr Clifford Makhiya highlighted that voter registration decreased by an average of 50 per cent during week three as compared to when the exercise started on September 3.

He expressed hope that the numbers would improve as voter mobilisation was also running.

"We have addressed schools, kgotla meetings and public servant workshops to mobilise voters to register. Our main challenge since the registration exercise started is unavailability of classrooms in some polling stations that are located in schools and we have since resorted to the use of tents," he said.

Mr Makhiya said another challenge they have so far encountered was that of attempted voter trafficking in the Takatokwane constituency, but that no similar cases were reported for the Letlhakeng-Lephepe constituency.

Botswana National Front representative, Mr Mender Melao said it was vital for the Independent Electoral Commission office to set a targets of the numbers of voters they want to register in a specific time frame, noting that the process of voter registration should be taken seriously as it was a build-up to the general elections.

Deputy district commissioner for Letlhakeng Sub-district, Mr Boammaaruri Otlhogile commended the presence of some dikgosi in the meeting as they work closely with the community and can come in handy to mobilise them to register.

He appealed to dikgosi in the area to come on board so that they could advise accordingly.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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