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When the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) embarked on the pre-election ‘Moving Botswana forward’ campaign, it had no illusions it would spend a lot of money. It could not, however, have expected a P21 million Pula deficit at the end of it all.

When addressing the party’s national council in Gaborone last weekend, the BDP treasurer Satar Dada said 2014 had been one of the most difficult financial periods for the party. The campaign, he said, was also the BDP’s most expensive.

Dada’s report to the meeting, leaked to Mmegi, shows that to secure its majority in Parliament, the party had to spend nearly P36-million. Despite that, the party’s popular support dropped from 53.26 % in 2009 to 46.455% in the 2014 general election. Moreover, it lost eight seats in Parliament.

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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