Use EVMs; forget about 2019 elections - MP

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 15 March 2017   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Use EVMs; forget about 2019 elections - MP

The MP for Selibe Phikwe West Dithapelo Keorapetse has warned government that should they proceed with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) they will be no elections in 2019. Debating the budget for Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Keorapetse said they will not only boycott the elections but will ensure elections are not held. "We will not just boycott the elections. We will make sure there are no elections,” hit out Keorapetse, adding that even soldiers are supporting them. One of the reasons soldiers won’t be on the side of government should the EVM be introduced, according to Keorapetse, is that the current government has been abusing them and not attending to their welfare. “Just check who are councillors or MPs in areas where there are army camps and is clear they also don’t want you,” said the Selibe Phikwe West MP whose constituency covers Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Eastern Military Garrison. Responding to the concerns by some legislators, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Eric Molale promised that some of the provisions provided in the initial bill will be brought back. During the debate, legislators across the aisle said the initial bill had the provision for automated paper trail but were shocked that it was not included when the bill was finally presented to Parliament. Molale requested P117, 500, 000.00 for the procurement of the EVM and the requisite stakeholder engagement.