Tafa bars 884 from Serowe North re-run

Parks Tafa PIC: Keogaile Bonang
Parks Tafa PIC: Keogaile Bonang

Kgotla Autlwetse and Botswana Democratic Party council candidates were last week shocked to receive a letter from the electoral board chairman Parks Tafa stating that 884 people from Serowe North constituency will be barred from participating in the December 7 primaries re-run. Tafa said the disqualified members from the original voters' roll are civil servants.

Though the list of those civil servants is not attached to the letter, it states that: "We have also found strong evidence of a large number of civil servants totalling 884 who appear on the Voters' Rolls for Serowe North. This is a disturbing revelation for the reason that such civil servants are barred from participating in our Party Primary Elections by the Public Service Act and the General Orders."

Even the electoral board decision to declare next week Saturday a day for re-run of the controversial Bulela Ditswe has left Autlwetse and his campaign team baffled as they said it was taken without affording them a hearing. In fact, the team says they still waiting for a response to their earlier complaints, key being of which was that only one player, the original loser in the primaries, MP Ramadeluka Seretse, was being entertained.

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