BDP denial, must it be swallowed?

Dithapelo Keorapetse, president of the Botswana Congress Party Youth League, candidate for the Selebi-Phikwe West constituency for October 2014 General Elections was reported in the Mmegi newspaper of August 21, 2014 to have made serious allegations of soldiers disenfranchisement in his constituencies . He states:

“The 21 Infantry Battalion is a military unit with about 1000 soldiers and consists of more than four companies commanded by a lieutenant colonel… We have been reliably informed that the advance party of the deployed unit will leave Selebi-Phikwe on August 28, while the main body leaves on September 6 and returns in November (that’s after the elections 24th October 2014). We are further informed that there are no arrangement for troops to return to Selebi-Phikwe to vote.”

One expected, as usual, this researched statement of disenfranchisement of such a large contingent of voters to be explained away by the BDP government who have become a cunning embodiment of elections cheats, but not to be denied.

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