Lack of resources blamed for BPP low key primaries


FRANCISTOWN: Botswana People’s Party (BPP) has revealed that the lack of interest in its primary elections is attributable to the scarcity of resources.

The lack of interest is notable in candidacies for parliamentary positions for the 2024 General Election. The party completed the vetting process of aspiring candidates for the October Election this week and will now go for the primaries billed for this weekend.

The BPP is a founding affiliate of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), an opposition coalition. Out of six constituencies that have been allocated to the party by the UDC, parliamentary primaries will only be held in one constituency. The BPP was allocated Tati East, Tati West, Francistown East, Francistown West, Kgatleng East and Shashe West.Forty-one candidates have been vetted in to contest the primaries under the BPF banner. In an interview, the party Secretary General Tiroyaone Ntsima blamed lack of enthusiasm in the party primaries to lack of resources.

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