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Tsaone Basimanebotlhe
  • WPP Africa Barometer advocates for gender parity in politics

    According to the Women’s Political Participation (WPP) Africa Barometer, women’s representation in African parliaments has increased by just one percentage point from 25% in 2021 to 26% in 2024.“At this rate, it will take until 2100 for African...

  • BDP could profit from UDC’s internal wrangles

    If these disputes are not swiftly addressed, the apparently peaceful Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) may capitalise on the instability to retain control of the area. Molepolole South remains a highly contested constituency, with both the UDC and BDP...

  • BCP proposes 40% administrative fee, 60% MP seats

    The BCP has also proposed that the allocation be based on both the number of parliamentary representatives and the percentage of the popular vote, or performance-based criteria. Parties have long been advocating for party funding and currently, P34.6...

  • Boko warns members

    Speaking at the BNF annual conference in Gaborone today, Boko said members must accept that mistakes will happen as part of the processes . “The mistakes will happen, challenges will be there but accept them as they serve a purpose,” Boko stated....

  • BNF advocates for better social welfare

    Speaking at a two-day Botswana National Front-BNF annual conference in Gaborone, Gaolathe said they will strive to bring better services in several sectors such as education, health and the private sector. He said they will also create employment and...

  • Parties eagerly await political funding distribution criteria

    What is clear is that parties with the majority of existing Members of Parliament (MPs) and those with more women will benefit the most. Additionally, parties that have legally renewed their status with the Registrar of Societies may also receive a...

  • Tempers flare up in BNF Lobatse constituency

    The Lobatse BNF constituency has faced numerous controversies, including threats of violence against election officers. Primaries were recently cancelled after party members locked the secretary-general in his office, accusing him of election...

  • IEC reaches its target of 80% voter registration

    Siamisang stated that preparations for the general elections are progressing well despite a few challenges, which they have managed to overcome. "We will conduct elections in all 61 constituencies for MP seats. The number of council seats has...

  • Chaos in Palapye as Ramogapi blasts

    Allegations in the constituency are that all fingers are pointing at the BNF secretary-general, Ketlhalefile Motshegwa, who is accused of ‘colluding’ with the Alliance for Progressives (AP) operatives to sideline and frustrate direct UDC members...

  • BDP central committee sets primary election date

    According to BDP secretary-general, Kavis Kario, these members will be refunded the money they paid to contest in the Bulela Ditswe primaries. The Monitor has learnt that their names were approved by the party's central committee members last...

  • Tensions anticipated during Parliament’s final leg

    This is the last sitting of Parliament before the country goes to the polls, it will be dissolved in August or September 2024. Section 90 subsection 3 of the Constitution states that polls shall be held within 60 days following the dissolution of...

  • BNF confirms 16 candidates, other primaries still pending

    Omphemetse Kwapa (Jwaneng-Mabutsane) In the Jwaneng constituency, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and the Botswana National Front (BNF) typically dominate due to their strong local support bases. The current Member of Parliament Mephato Reatile...

  • UDC unveils parliamentary candidates

    Sam Digwa (Boteti West)This is one of the constituencies to watch this year, as Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, who is also eyeing possible elevation to the presidency, is contesting here. The UDC has fielded Sam Digwa, who has been active in this...

  • GCC to get 50% from Roads Levy

    Addressing the Full Council on Monday, the City Mayor Austin Abraham, said the city council will be allocated half of the Roads Levy Fund for the maintenance of the roads. “The list of the prioritised roads has been submitted to the Ministry of...

  • The BDP’s long walk to regain Serowe

    This is especially significant because such events were missed during the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many attendees at these rallies do not represent the situation on the ground, as they came to support regions and hosts. The...

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