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UDC challenges 15 constituency results

Publishing Date : 11 November, 2019


The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) through their attorneys are hard at work and will not rest until they have dragged the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) before the courts for an alleged election fraud.

The UDC experienced an unprecedented white-wash in the Southern part of the country at the just ended general elections as the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) garnered almost all of the parliamentary seats including that held by party leader Duma Boko. The main opposition only managed Ghanzi South constituency from the southern part of the country.

WeekendPost has established that the UDC will petition the courts on about 15 constituencies where they claim election results were manipulated, amongst them being Gaborone Bonnington North, Gaborone Bonnington South, Ghanzi North, Molepolole North, Lentsweletau/Mmopane, Mogoditshane, Tlokweng, Ramotswa and Goodhope- Mabule.

A close source to this publication has revealed that the UDC are working around the clock to complete investigations on the 15 constituencies they suspect a possible election fraud occurred owing to irregularities at both polling stations and counting centres. Prior to the elections UDC had already registered complaints with the IEC. The party says it is aggrieved that such complaints were not addressed by the IEC.

UDC leader, Boko lost to Anna Mokgethi of the BDP who was contesting elections for the fifth time. Mokgethi who has since been appointed as Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs walloped Boko with 6933 votes against 4495 votes. On the eve of elections, Boko held one of the biggest launches which saw thousands of people across the country gracing the rally.

Ketlhalefile Motshegwa who was also contesting at Gaborone Bonnington South against AP’s Ndaba Gaolathe and BDP’s Christian Greef.  BDP’s Greef was voted by 4306 people compared to Gaolathe’s with 3461 votes, while Motshegwa came third with 2367 votes. BDP garnered 38 Parliamentary seats to win power for the 12th successive time. UDC secured only 15 Parliamentary seats whilst AP secured just one Parliamentary seat. The Khama patronized newly established Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) won only three seats.

In a recent press release, UDC expressed and indicated misgivings about certain instances and unsettling conduct to the IEC as well as other international bodies, encouraging them to ensure that they assist them with conducting elections that espoused unquestionable integrity and credibility which they insisted was not the case.

They pointed out that there were glaring discrepancies and irregularities throughout the electoral process. The party stated that it found itself at pains to accept the results as true and fair. “The process of gathering evidence is underway and shall thereafter be advised on the way forward,” the statement said.  WeekendPost has however been reliably informed that the UDC is having difficulty in gathering evidence as there is very slim chances of obtaining any.

When reached for comment Dick Bayford who is also handling former Ghanzi North MP, Noah Salakae’s petition case that is currently before court, said he could not confirm how far they were with the petition of election results. “I have a team I am working with, in order to comment on this matter I will have to consult with them first. I can only comment when we are done with proceedings,” he said.  



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