No secret ballot at BDP first presidential poll election

BDP members are meeting at at retreat next week
BDP members are meeting at at retreat next week

While many Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislators have not come out to show whom they support for the party’s presidency, their votes will be no secret. Former minister of Local Government and Rural Development Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi is challenging the incumbent, Mokgweetsi Masisi for the presidency.

Mmegi has learnt that the extra ordinary congress billed for March will show the 14 regions had elected their preferred party president openly. Even though the BDP constitution Clauses 29.1 and 29.3.1 state, “When the party is in power, the president of the party shall be elected by secret ballot at a National Congress of the party called by the central committee during every general election year”, chairperson of Communication and International Relations, Kagelelo Kentse said the issue of the secret ballot could only apply when there is a tally on how the regions had voted.

“This is the first time for the party’s sitting president to be challenged. The party has never had presidential election because the members did not challenge the president,” Kentse said.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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