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IEC received 1500 election objections

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revealed that more than 1500 objections have been lodged with the Electoral Commission in the 2019 General Elections campaign. It is the highest number of objections since 1965 National Elections.

Some objections led to court including the famous case brought by John Siele against opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) leader and Gaborone Bonnington North Duma Boko. There were also objections lodged against the Alliance for Progressive (AP) leader and Gaborone Bonnington South contender Ndaba Gaolathe, as well as Gaborone North former legislator and candidate Haskins Nkaigwa, amongst others.

The objections are said to be more than the 1500 as the number only includes one general voters roll and on the other hand, some chickened out because of the tedious court process. IEC Spokesperson confirmed to Boko that: “we received the highest number of objections for the voters roll in this election.” He added that they were even higher than in 2014 as the 1500 encompassed only one 1 roll, alone. “This does not include the other two rolls which obviously will increase the number,” Maroba maintained.  

In 2014, Maroba explained that the three rolls registered around only 700 objections. “So this is a sign that Batswana now understand democracy and want to protect its credibility and so they want to challenge anybody who they feel may want to destroy the free and fair elections,” he pointed out. According to Maroba, some of the objectors however chickened out because of the process of objecting in a court of law and whereby you sit in the dock defending your case which some are not comfortable with.

Is IEC ready to conduct the 2019 elections?

In terms of the Electoral Commission’s readiness, Maroba said the IEC is ready to conduct a credible and successful elections. “We are very ready, we are more than ready. We are ready in the sense that when we talk about the implementation of the Electoral law, there is nowhere we feel that we are behind the established frame work of the phases of electoral process,” he justified. Everything is on track, he stressed that adding that as you know, we conduct elections in accordance with the time frame as provided by the constitution.

“We have gone through all the exercises of registering voters; and we are satisfied after the voters’ rolls have been inspected, and followed by the objections from the public.” As mandated by the constitution, Maroba observed that the Electoral Act orders that all the election rolls must be reconciled to one big voters roll following the issuance of writ. Before that, the coming weekend after the expiry of 20 days after writ, there will be nomination of the Presidents, conducted by the Chief Justice of the High Court. Afterwards, 10 days later, there will be a nomination of the Members of Parliament and Councillors conducted by IEC. The Electoral Commission has also identified 26 000 Polling Officers which we are currently undergoing training.

SA Company to print the ballot papers

The IEC spokesperson also highlighted that once the IEC has received the names for everyone from all political parties, voting colours and symbols, they will then print ballot papers. “So, the emphases of our readiness is also that we already have a company from South Africa (he did not mention the name) who will be printing the ballot papers for the election,” he said.

It is understood that the company in question had printed papers for other countries elections like Malawi and Zambia. Meanwhile, the IEC also revealed that they are receiving observers, free missions, who will come and appreciate to see what is happening with the elections’ and see if we are prepared to carry out the elections especially international observer groups like African Union, SADC.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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