IEC reaches its target of 80% voter registration

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set a historic record by registering over 80 percent of Batswana who are eligible to vote for the upcoming General Election. This announcement was made by IEC Secretary, Jefferson Siamisang during a briefing at the all-party conference held yesterday at Phakalane Golf Estate. Total number of people registered is 103 7684 while the total budget allocation is P208 million to run elections.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set a historic record by registering over 80 percent of Batswana who are eligible to vote for the upcoming General Election. This announcement was made by IEC Secretary, Jefferson Siamisang during a briefing at the all-party conference held yesterday at Phakalane Golf Estate. Total number of people registered is 103 7684 while the total budget allocation is P208 million to run elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set a historic record by registering over 80 percent of Batswana who are eligible to vote for the upcoming General Election. This announcement was made by IEC Secretary, Jefferson Siamisang during a briefing at the all-party conference held yesterday at Phakalane Golf Estate. Total number of people registered is 103 7684 while the total budget allocation is P208 million to run elections.

Siamisang stated that preparations for the general elections are progressing well despite a few challenges, which they have managed to overcome. "We will conduct elections in all 61 constituencies for MP seats. The number of council seats has increased from 490 to 609. In the 2019 general elections, there were 2,258 voting areas, but now there are 2,880. Additionally, the number of voting areas outside Botswana has risen from 34 to 54," Siamisang said.

When updating the members, he stated that 2,520 registrations were rejected by the system because they had registered in different areas, which is not allowed. He also stated that another 209 people were rejected because they did not meet the required age of 18 years and above, as mandated by law.

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