President Ian Khama on Thursday morning issued the long-awaited writ of election, announcing that parliamentary elections for the Tlokweng Constituency be held on the weekend of May 13 this year. It has been a contentious issue with political parties, especially the opposition, complaining that president Ian Khama was abusing his powers to delay the election date in favour of his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which was still not ready for the election owing to the party’s internal bickering. It took the ruling party a long time to decide a candidate for the constituency after several candidates cropped up, forcing the process of Bulela Ditswe to be instituted. Eventually Elijah Katse was nominated to contest for the election under the BDP ticket against Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Kenneth Segokgo who has long been nominated for his party and was already crying foul that the BDP was waiting for him to deplete his campaign resources.
President Khama today directed that nomination of candidates for the constituency be received on April 21 between 9am and 1pm as well as between 2:30pm and 5pm at Tlokweng Community Hall.
Elijah Katse will cotest against Kenneth Segokgo of the UDC