Dow’s MP seat still safe after BDP exit

Unity Dow
Unity Dow

Unity Dow's decision to stand as an independent Member of Parliament (MP) has saved her from being booted out from her seat by her former party, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Dow resigned from the BDP on Tuesday, the party that had nominated her in as a Special Elected Member of Parliament (SEMP).

Had she crossed to join another party in Parliament, she would have been forced by the recently introduced floor crossing law to resign her seat. “Dow is not joining any party rather she will be an independent candidate. Her resignation cannot be considered as floor crossing. Dow will be taken as an independent candidate in Parliament. A motion cannot work if brought against her,” said Associate Professor of Law in the department at the University of Botswana, Tachilisa Balule.

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