Growth in Botswana's democracy – Political analyst

Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe
Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe

The legal clash between the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is viewed by political analyst Lesole Machacha as a positive sign of democratic growth.

Instead of seeing it as a crisis, Machacha suggests that Batswana are growing in their understanding of their rights in the political process. Justice Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe's ruling on Friday at the Francistown High Court, favoured the UDC in their demand to have members observe the election registration processes.

“The information that the UDC seeks to record during the registration process is neither secret nor confidential. In any event, it is the kind that will ultimately be made public, and the UDC is expected to object to its efficacy," Ketlogetswe said. "How then can the UDC effectively do so without having captured the raw data for itself with which to compare the voters’ roll prepared by the IEC?" He emphasised the transparency aspect. "The IEC seems to me to be putting itself unfortunately in a position where it may be regarded as being afraid of transparency.

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