• Special nomination race ensues
A victory by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the Goodhope-Mabule constituency would open another race among those who want to endear themselves to President Ian Khama to nominate them to Parliament.
Party candidate Eric Molale resigned his Parliamentary seat – a Specially Nominated MP – contest the by-election. And hence, his win will create another vacancy in Parliament, allowing BDP to increase its MPs.
BDP secretary general Botsalo Ntuane said hours before the by-election that they are taking things one step at a time and "all our energies have been focused on winning the bye-election. It is only after we are done with the bye-election that the party will consider who to appoint specially elected to take the spot vacated by Molale."
An upbeat Ntuane said on the eve of the election that it was all systems go in the constituency as they were preparing to celebrate victory come Sunday. "We are confident of a win. We have done all that needs to be done and we are optimistic that our candidate will sail through" said Ntuane.
Several other BDP members said although some may be harbouring ambitions or lobbying secretly for special nomination it is too early to tell. They said it remains Khama's discretion on who he intends to nominate.
However, sources said when former youth leader Kenaleone Motsaathebe contested the primary elections results he was promised a special nomination to Parliament if Molale wins. Other names that have been bundled about include that for former MP for Mahalapye West, Bernard Bolele, and if Khama preferred to increase number of women in Parliament Gloria Somolekae’s name is mention. Ntuane – a former MP for Gaborone West South - could also be in the running as could be Mephato Reatile.