BNF to hold primary elections in two months

BNF members. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG.
BNF members. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG.

As political parties ready themselves for the coming general election slated for sometime this year, the Botswana National Front has announced the date for its primary elections.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, the secretary-general of the Botswana National Front (BNF), Ketlhalefile Motshegwa, announced the party's plan to hold primary elections before March 31, 2024. According to him, the decision is aimed at providing sufficient time for successful candidates to campaign for the general election scheduled for October. Motshegwa emphasised the importance of conducting the primary elections in a timely manner to allow candidates to engage with voters and build momentum for the upcoming general election. "By March 31, BNF will be done with primary elections, giving candidates enough time to campaign for the general election in October,” he said.

Motshegwa also highlighted the party's commitment to promoting inclusivity and representation within its ranks. He outlined a special provision for women, youth, and individuals with disabilities who have previously won by-elections. "These individuals will not be contested in the primary elections and will automatically proceed as party representatives for BNF under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)," said Motshegwa. Furthermore, Motshegwa emphasised BNF’s dedication to ensuring the representation of marginalised groups within the political landscape.

He explained that women, youth, and individuals with disabilities who emerged victorious in council elections in 2019 will have their wards reserved to secure their representation. Motshegwa stated: "The ward will only be contested for by women and youth or those with disabilities just to secure their population."


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