Bonu Urges Electoral Act Reform

BONU wants nurses to be accorded special dispensation during elections. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
BONU wants nurses to be accorded special dispensation during elections. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) has expressed the need for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to amend its Act to allow for nurses and doctors to vote without queuing on election day.

The general elections will be held on October 23, 2019, which may compel nurses and doctors to place their call to duty over their right to vote on the day.

“Nurses are categorised as essential service providers and by the nature of their duty are on duty 24/7. During elections, nurses will be on duty manning facilities,” BONU president Obonolo Rahube told The Monitor.

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