Molale resigns from parliament, cabinet to contest in Goodhope-Mabule

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In separate letters to the President and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Eric Mothibi Molale has, as from today, resigned from his positions as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and as a Specially Elected Member of Parliament.

In both his letters to the President and to the Speaker, Molale states that: "The sole purpose of this resignation is to allow me to contest and represent the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the Goodhope-Mabule Constituency in the forthcoming bye-election."

In his letter to the Speaker, Molale further refers to Section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act [CAP.02:09], which provides as follows:

"No person may be nominated for election-


(a) in more than one constituency or while such a person is a Member of the National Assembly..." adding that:

"In accordance with this provision, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Specially Elected Member of Parliament, as a hereby do, with immediate effect."

In his letter to the President, Molale also refers to Section 42(3)(i) of the Constitution that provides as follows:

"Appointments to the office of Minister or Assistant Minister shall be made by the President from among members of the National Assembly..."

In his letter to the President he further observes that:

"In accordance with this provision read with section 35(5)(a) of the Electoral Act, this is to inform you that I have decided to resign as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, as I hereby do, with immediate effect."

This past weekend Molale won the BDP primary election to represent the party in the forthcoming bye-election, which is to be held in the coming month.

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