IEC chief, Gabriel Seeletso, has told observers to be impartial at the general elections to be held in October.
Speaking at a training workshop for election observers held in Gaborone last week Friday, Seeletso said that observers are not supposed to take sides with the party they favour. He said that their duty is to help IEC and the country to hold free and fair elections.
He told his audience, made up of non-governmental organisations like the Botswana Christian Church (BCC) and the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC), that election observers are expected to write a report and hand it to the IEC.
The election chief implored observers to be critical in their report and avoid treating the electoral body with kid gloves.
He said that campaigning on election day was not allowed and he advised observers to note this in their report should they see any infringement of the rules.
"The other thing is that you cannot send someone to go and vote on your behalf. Even if they are sick, they should at least be carried in a wheel-barrow to go and cast their vote," he said.
Seeletso said that observers should familiarise themselves with the electoral laws of Botswana.
Seeletso added that they should also acquaint themselves with the whole process of elections, reiterating that observation should have started well before 2009.
Seeletso said that starting early helps observers to be in a better position to appreciate the election process holistically, including the primary elections, rallies and party launches which have been in progress since last year.
The IEC boss advised them to read past newspaper articles to give themselves an insight into what has been happening in the past months as stakeholders Seeletso said it is important to observe what happens after the day of the elections.
"When others say the numbers don't add up, you can't be a good witness if you did not see the number of ballot papers that the polling officer had. You should watch all these processes, including the one concerning the distribution of election material which is done on the day before elections," he urged.