The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) race has reached a point of no return after fervent campaigns and all that is left is for the affiliates to cast their vote at Cresta Lodge tomorrow.
The five contestants; Ookeditse Malesu, Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego, Botsang Tshenyengo, France Mabiletsa and Daniel Molaodi, are in the race to succeed outgoing and long serving Negroes Kgosietsile.
Malesu has no lobby list and is likely to receive backing from Botswana Football Association, Botswana Horse Association, Botswana Karate Association, Botswana Swimming Sport Association, Botswana Wrestling Association, Botswana Taekwando Association, Botswana Rugby Association and Botswana Squash Association. Colonel Tshenyego has his teams as Tshepo Sitale (senior vice president), Moses Moruisi (first vice president), Bernadette Moruti (second vice president), Michael Moroka (additional member) and Tebo Segaise (additional member). His likely supporters are Botswana Tennis Association, Botswana Softball Association, Botswana Table Tennis Association, Botswana Wrestling Association and Botswana Golf Union, Botswana Athletics Association and Botswana Rugby Association. Mabiletsa has lined up his lobby list as follows; Rampa Mosweu (first vice president), Grace Gaolaolwe (additional member) and Dr Lesego Sikele (additional member). Botswana Boxing Association, Botswana Cycling Association, Botswana Bodybuilding Association, Botswana Fencing Association, Botswana Judo Association and Botswana Golf Union are expected to give him their votes. Lebotse-Sebego has preferred an all-women team of Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden (senior vice president), Keenese Katisenge (first vice president), Anastacia Makwa (second vice president), Irene Ntelamo (additional member) and Yarona Sharp (additional member). Votes are expected from Botswana Netball Association, Botswana Basketball Association, Botswana Athletics Association, Botswana Golf Union, Botswana Swimming Sport Association, Botswana Handball Association and Botswana Football Association.
Molaodi, who like Malesu is without a lobby list, is likely to get votes from Botswana Volleyball Federation, Botswana Football Association, Botswana Hockey Association, Botswana Squash Association, Botswana Athletics Association and Botswana Yacht Racing Society. Boikobo Gaolebalwe and Derrick Musa want the posts of additional member, but are unattached to any presidential candidate and so is Tshiamo Rantao who is contesting for the second vice president post. Meanwhile, the general assembly would debate a motion that has been tabled by netball that seeks to bar board members from voting as soon as the board is dissolved to pave way for elections. Even if the motion succeeds, it will not be effective tomorrow as it has to be included in the BNOC constitution, which is then forwarded to the Registrar of Societies to be stamped. The amendment can only be implemented in the next board elections. As of tomorrow, the outgoing board is going to vote.
Voting codes: football, fencing, karate, volleyball, golf, rugby, handball, taekwando, cycling, athletics, basketball, boxing, tennis, table tennis, softball, horse, judo, netball, cricket, squash, swimming, wrestling, hockey, bodybuilding, badminton and yacht.
Voting procedure: One vote per association through the president, although a secretary can represent their president.