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Tuesday 15 April 2014, 08:04 am.
Low turn-out mars voter registration

FRANCISTOWN: The registration for the 2014 general elections kicked-off in Francistown on a slow note on Friday with many centres recording negligible numbers. At the Francistown College of Education (FCE), clerks at the registration point at the library were idle most of the time and by noon only one person had registered.
By Phandu Skelemani, Tue 08 Oct 2013, 10:09 am (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Low turn-out mars voter registration








At the Civic Centre, only four people had registered by noon while seven had registered at Minestrone polling station. So what is the problem? Some students at FCE say they cannot register in Francistown because they want to vote in their home constituencies.

"I want to vote in Nkange my home village and vote people that I know but as I was told to register in the college and vote in Francistown, I will not register. I cannot vote in someone that I do not know," said Tiro Dintwa.

Another student, Tendani Lesetedi 27 of Sebina said that he wants to vote for the first time come 2014 but not in Francistown. He said he cannot go and register in Sebina because he is busy with his studies and he does not have transport. "I think IEC should come up with a better idea for us to register while in college.

We should be able to register in the college and our data transferred to our home villages where we want to vote. There could have come up with a way in which we could register online while in school," he said.

"Some of us come as far away as Shakawe, Gumare and Kanye and travelling that far will cost us so much money that we do not have at the moment.

We are only given P150 as an allowance. We do not have money to go and register," he said.

Junior Kereeletswe said that it looks like he is not going to vote because he does not want to register in Francistown. "I do not have money to go to Serowe, my home village to register and come back to college at the moment. It pains me when I think that I will not be able to vote. I am a responsible Motswana who knows the importance of voting," said Kereeletswe. 

"Lefa nka ta ka gatelelwa ke party e ta bong batho ba e tlhophile I do not have a say because ke paletswe ke go tlhopha. IEC should come and address us and find a way to help us take part in voting just like other Batswana," he said.

IEC spokesperson, Osupile Maroba said they only allow voters to transfer after registration if there are valid reasons. Otherwise, they encourage people to register where they are going to vote.

"If there are valid reasons, voters can register elsewhere and later on ask to transfer to where they want to vote. This is allowed. We know that everyone has interest to vote for people they know at their home villages. I have been explaining this in the media but it looks like students do not know or understand this statement," he said.

He explained that there is no arrangement for specific voters and everyone should follow the same procedure.



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