11 April 2019

Botswana: Second Supplementary Registration Exercise Starts

Gaborone — The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will on April 15 commence the second supplementary voter registration.

The 14-day exercise, scheduled for April 15-28, will take place in all the 57 constituencies.

IEC communications officer, Mr Osupile Maroba said in an interview that the exercise would be conducted at 2 260 local polling stations and 36 external ones.

Polling stations will open every day including weekends from 8am to 6pm during weekdays and 9am to 4pm during weekends and public holidays.

IEC advises the public to register in a polling district where they have principal residence, should be in possession of a valid National Identity Card (Omang) and should be aged 18 or above.

A total of 791 568 Batswana have registered following the completion of the first supplementary voter registration which ended March 31.

The IEC has set a target of at least 1.3 million out of the eligible 1.5 million voters for the upcoming general elections.

The first supplementary registration commenced December 17 and ended March 31 while the national voter registration exercise started September 3 to November 11 last year which registered a total of 750 830 in the 10-week registration exercise.

Meanwhile, IEC has opened the voters' rolls for inspection.

Mr Maroba said inspection, which started April 8 ending May 20, would last 42 days.

He said copies were available for inspection at the offices of the principal registration officers and principal elections officers in the 57 constituencies and that inspection was conducted during operating hours.

"Any person registered as a voter in one of the said constituencies who wishes to object to the inclusion in the roll of the constituency of any person's name should send or deliver his objection to the principal registration officer and principal elections officer of that constituency not later than 42 days after publication of notice," he said.

Inspection, he said, was done to rectify errors captured during registration, which might include wrongly captured identity numbers or names.

"Our system is harmonised with information on national identity cards and once the name is captured, the next time you try to register at a another polling station, your status registration will be rejected," he explained.

He said the inspection exercise was also meant to scrutinise names of people who did not reside in some polling districts because all voters should register at their principal residences.

Source : BOPA

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