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A Do or Die in Nkange North Ward

The much anticipated council bye-elections around the country are slated for December 18, 2021. The bye-elections have been pending due to State of Public Emergency (SOPE) and COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 11 vacant positions countrywide that will be contested on the 18th December. In the Nkange constituency, a fierce battle is expected at the Nkange North ward.

Nkange North ward encompasses Fungwane, Nyewele, Ipungu, Ndzonga and Changate areas. Three candidates are expected to contest for the vacant council seat.

Political parties have conducted their primary elections recently. Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), which has entered into cooperation with the Alliance for Progressives and the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) will be represented by Oliver Nyatseng, while Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will be represented by Sophiwah Tafila. Ernest Changate who hails from Changate village will contest as an independent candidate. Some of the key challenges affecting the Nkange North residents is the bad state of the 10km Nkange-Changate road and poor state of internal roads.

In the last general elections UDC won the ward through Dema Israel Jesi who passed away in July this year. Jesi was voted by 844 people, BDP’s Utlwanang Kgate 489, Sthembile Casper Fire, an independent candidate got 230 votes and AP was represented by Abraham Ellece who got 125 votes.

PREVIOUS NKANGE NORTH WARD WINNERS

2004 to 2009 -DEMA ISRAEL JESI (BCP)

2009 to 2014-DEMA ISRAEL JESI (BCP)

2014 to 2019- UTLWANANG KGATE (BDP)

2019 to 2021 -DEMA JESI (UDC)

 

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