BDP holds branch congresses

Alec Seametso PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Alec Seametso PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is currently conducting branch congresses across various constituencies as part of the preparations for its primary elections, known as Bulela-Ditswe.

During the congresses, potential candidates will undergo a vetting process, which is a crucial step in determining their eligibility for the primaries. In the vetting process, branch committees play a pivotal advisory role. They assess prospective candidates and make recommendations to the central committee (CC), which holds the authority to make the final decision.

Once the CC aligns with the branch committee's suggestions, the candidate has no recourse for appeal. As outlined in the party constitution, specifically in article 2 (e) concerning vetting, the committee responsible evaluates the prospective candidate's integrity, personality, commitment to the party, ability to represent the party and the public if elected, and adherence to all other qualifications and disqualifications under Botswana's electoral laws. The constitution also stipulates that candidates failing to comply with party procedures, regulations, and guidelines during the vetting process will be disqualified from standing as candidates.

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