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Voters' Roll Hiccups Mar BDP Primaries

Discrepancies on voters' rolls nearly spoilt the party for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) primary elections held over the weekend.
By By Lekopanye Mooketsi
Correspondent
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Mmegi Online :: Voters' Roll Hiccups Mar BDP Primaries








In almost every constituency where there was voting, it was found that some names of registered members were left out, thereby denying them the right to vote.  In one case, a candidate found that his name was not on the voters' roll. 

A disgruntled council candidate from Ngami drove all the  way to Gaborone last week to raise the matter of the voters' roll with the chairman of the election committee, prominent Gaborone attorney, Parks Tafa.  However, the council candidate was told that it was too late to do anything.

Even the BDP secretary-general Jacob Nkate, who was contesting the Ngami constituency with Thato Kwerepe, said they had experienced similar problems. Nkate said there had been faults as certain names are missing from their voters' roll. "I find it hurting because in a democratic set-up, everyone has a right to vote," Nkate said. 

But he indicated that it was only a small fraction of voters who had been left out of the voters' roll. The omission, he said, could be due to a system failure and element of human error. "But I can't rule out the possibility of somebody at the headquarters fiddling or the system failing," said Nkate.

He said they were given the voters' roll to verify on June 27. He added that when new information was inserted, old data was erased.

Another candidate, Tawana Moremi, who contested Maun West constituency against Ronald Ridge, also spoke of missing names on their voters' roll. He found that his name was on the Serowe voters' roll and was only transferred to his constituency recently. 

Moremi said in every ward there was an omission in the voters' roll.  But he feels that this was a problem that affected every candidate. 

Mbaha Anderson Kambimba, who challenged Vistor Moruti for the Okavango constituency, said his name was not on the voters' roll even though he had registered. "I have a registration card, but my name does not appear on the voters roll," he said. It was not only his name which was missing but even those of other party members who had registered.

Kambimba said their names were on the draft, but not on the final voters' roll. However, he feels these were genuine mistakes. He said the party secretariat did not have much time to prepare for the primaries. He added that everyone

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was under pressure given the limited time. 

To him, October could have been a more appropriate time for holding the primaries. Shima Monageng, who stood for the parliamentary elections in Molepolole South, said they also experienced a problem with their voters' roll since some names were omitted. He said this could be due to unavoided administrative hiccups. But Monageng emphasised that such errors should be minimised.

He said it was disappointing to find that one's name was missing when it had originally been on the roll. However, he said voters had turned out in large numbers for the elections in their constituency.

Odirile Motlhale, who was contesting the South East South constituency, said their roll also had discrepancies. He said a number of elderly people who came in the morning to vote, were unable to do so because their names were not on the voters' roll. He added that at one polling station, there were six people who were disfranchised in the morning. Motlhala said during the briefing, they were told that people whose names did not appear on the voters roll will not be allowed to vote. 

But the chairman of the election committee, Tafa said people who did not appear on the voters "slept on their rights". He said the voters' roll were sent to the constituencies four times just for verification purposes. He stated that the process of verification was lengthy. Tafa said no system was perfect.

He said when people brought their concerns late there was nothing that could be done because every election process has its cut-off date. He said that even the national elections have a cut-off date. Tafa said there were also people who wanted to do things at the late minute. "But we can't allow that."

But party officials were not pressing panic buttons. When contacted, BDP deputy executive secretary, Fidelis Molao, said discrepancies were "not on a high scale". He said they were still waiting for reports from polling officers. "There is nothing we can do until we have received all the reports from polling officers," said the BDP official.

Molao said the discrepancies on the voters' roll could be only one or two people missing.  He insisted that "such mistakes are inevitable" in an exercise of this nature. He added that it was nothing new because even the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has committed similar blunders.

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