The Botswana National Front (BNF) expresses its greatest gratitude to the Mochudi East constituency loyal and consistent voters who voted out the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) over the weekend. The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) alliance partners Botswana Congress Party, Botswana Peoples Party and Botswana Movement for Democracy activists worked tirelessly in unity to ensure that the constituency is won back by UDC through Cde Bright Moagi Molebatsi. The BNF would also like to thank all the public and private sector workers who came out in large numbers to vote for the UDC candidate. Hats off to our youthful Campaign Manager, Cde Obakeng Matlou, and the UDC councillors who spent sleepless nights to ensure that they deliver the constituency back to UDC.
We also acknowledge the BDP candidate for the competition he gave us.
Batswana have demonstrated that they want change in 2019 general elections especially in the current age of BDP widespread corruption, high youth unemployment, a deepening education crises, an ill health system that has led to unnecessary loss of lives, a collapsing agriculture sector which threatens food security, etc.
Since the 2014 general elections, there has been three constituency bye-elections (Goodhope-Mabule, Tlokweng and Mochudi East) in the BNF allocated areas and all have been convincingly won. This is a clear testimony in the resilience and loyalty that the BNF members have in the party, despite some desperate sustained negative publicity. The BNF members have vowed to win all the constituencies it has been allocated in 2019. Hence the BNF 50th Anniversary theme (2016) adopted until 2019 general elections: BNF Unity Now and UDC Victory in 2019.
The BNF once more calls upon the BDP led government to accede to Batswana’s request for political party funding so that the playing field is level. The BDP should also stop the abuse and bias of public media like BTV, Radio Botswana and the Daily News which are always unfairly used to campaign for the BDP. The BNF also reiterates its position against the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the 2019 general elections as it is clear that the BDP wants to rig elections with it. We further call upon the expeditious amendment of the Electoral Act so that ballots are counted at each polling station instead of centralising the counting process.
We once again thank Batswana for their continued support to the umbrella project as we move to change government in 2019, and rescuing our democracy from a de-facto one party state.
BNF Secretary for Information and Publicity