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Botswana expects six prospective candidates to vie for presidency in upcoming elections

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At least six prospective candidates are expected to submit their names for nomination ahead of the 23 October polls for the Botswana presidency.

Speaking on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, the Registrar and Master of the High Court, Michael Motlhabi, said nominations for candidates for the presidency will take place on Saturday, 21 September 2019, at the High Court in the capital Gaborone.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party will nominate the current President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, while the main opposition, which is a coalition of three political parties, is set to choose Duma Boko.

Other opposition parties such as the Alliance for Progressives, will nominate Ndaba Gaolathe, the Botswana Patriotic Front will settle for Biggie Butale, the Botswana Movement for Democracy will have Sidney Pilane while the Real Alternative Party’s Gaontebale Mokgosi will be nominated.

Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission has announced the polling dates for those in the diaspora and police officers.

Batswana living outside the country will vote at all designated external polling stations on Saturday, 12 October 2019.

Elections Officers and Police Officers who will be on duty at polling stations on polling day will vote on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at constituency headquarters.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also declared Thursday, 24 October and Friday, 25 October 2019, public holidays.

– APA

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