Relieved Boko faces headachy campaign


It will be a historical first to have the leader of a major opposition political party not contesting for a parliamentary seat at a general election. But the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) president Duma Boko faces a rocky path as his candidates decide his fate. Not contesting is definitely an uncharted territory and the next few months will tell if the ground is comfortable enough for Boko to fight on, writes Mmegi Staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE

With the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Review of the Constitution of Botswana rejecting Batswana’s plea to have a direct election of the president, it is now clear that Boko will not get to have that bout with the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) president Mokgweetsi Masisi or any other contesting president. The current system is that a person becomes president if supported by the majority of the elected members of the National Assembly. Instead, each of Boko’s contesting candidates would determine whether or not he enters the State House after the 2024 General Election. Boko has already made it clear that incumbent UDC Members of Parliament (MP) and councillors who express interest would automatically become the party’s candidates for the 2024 General Election.

“The deadline for sitting representatives who were elected in 2019 under the UDC and would like to remain and contest the 2024 General Election under the UDC has been set for May 31, 2023. All those desirous of availing themselves of this opportunity must formally communicate with the UDC,” Boko announced recently during a press conference.

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