Nomination centers are expected to sit Thursday across Botswana’s selected venues in different cities, towns and polling districts to accept names of parliamentary and council candidates, Botswana’s election body confirmed Wednesday.
This comes as the southern African country of an approximate 2.1 million people prepares for the forthcoming national elections scheduled for Oct. 23, said Osupile Maroba, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) spokesperson said in a telephone interview with Xinhua.
“At least 57 nomination centers have been set up across the country to accept names of parliamentary candidates while 490 are for council candidates,” said Maroba, adding that candidates must be over the age of 18 years and a holder of a valid Botswana identity card.
Since political parties are Botswana’s primary stakeholders, Maroba said his organization has done everything with its power in disseminating the required information and legal framework to the prospective candidates.
According to Maroba, the nomination centers has got the powers to qualify or disqualify candidates to contest the elections.
Last Saturday, four presidential candidates including incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi, submitted their names at the Gaborone High Court, in the country’s capital city, alongside Duma Boko of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Alliance for the Progressives (AP)’s Ndaba Gaolatlhe and Biggie Butale of the newly formed Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF).
The looming national elections have generated a lot of interest among both ordinary Botswanan citizens with over 150 prospective parliamentary candidates expected to submit their names for the 57 positions available in the National Assembly. Enditem