By-elections costs worry BCP but IEC unperturbed


With the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) saying they are duty bound to help the nation minimise costs related to unnecessary by-elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says adequate finances would always be availed for the Commission to execute its mandate should the need arise.

The BCP, a disgruntled member of the Umbrella for Democratic Party (UDC) is still stuck in the opposition coalition because their exit will trigger nationwide by-elections.

In 2020 Parliament passed a floor crossing law amending the Constitution of Botswana to safeguard voters’ interests and democracy. The law now causes a vacancy in the event a Member of Parliament (MP), elected as a candidate for a political party, resigns from a political party.

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