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Opposition caught napping 

SHARE   |   Monday, 27 November 2017   |   By Phillimon Mmeso 
Opposition caught napping 

He is one of the quietest Members of Parliament and hardly contributes anything in the house except when answering questions from MPs as he is the Assistant Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services but on Thursday Itumeleng Moipisi rose to the occasion. Debating the State of the Nation Address, Moipisi who is the Member of Parliament for Kgalagadi North caught the opposition napping on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) issue. When responding to SONA Leader of Opposition Duma Boko said that Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is against the introduction of EVM in its entirety, which according to Moipisi is in contradictory to what the opposition has been saying in the past. Armed with previous Hansards in which the Electoral Amendment Bill was debated, Moipisi said that the opposition is confused and don’t know their stance regarding the EVM. First to become the ‘the servant of his words’ was the Member of Parliament for Francistown South Wynter Mmolotsi who said during the debate last year in August that he can only support EVM if it has paper trail audit paper as it will minimise rigging of elections. Moipisi said that he is surprised that the now Vice President of Alliance for Progressives has forgotten what he said whilst still at UDC. Another sworn in enemy of EVM Member of Parliament for  Selibe Phikwe West Dithapelo Keorapetse who has even vowed that they will be no elections should the machines be introduced was also reminded of his previous statement by Moipisi. He warned during the debate that they will be bloodshed in 2019 should government go ahead and introduce EVM. “The BCP will challenge the law in court because it is unconstitutional. If we fail in court we will not allow the ruling party to steal the vote through EVMs. We will defend the right of Batswana to vote in a free, fair and transparent manner and to register and be candidates for elections,” said Keorapetse whose party BCP has since joined UDC. BCP has since taken government and IEC to court regarding the introduction of EVM. Most of the opposition MPs who normally rises on point of order or clarification if attacked by the ruling party MPs were stuck on their chairs listening to Moipisi as he takes the war to them. This prompted Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Shaw Kgathi to rise on point on clarification and asked that they should go to the constituencies of opposition MPs with copies of the Hansard to show their electorates what they have been saying regarding EVM. Last year in October when Boko met with officials of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) he stated that UDC will not accept EVM in its current form and suggested that a paper trail should be included. The EVM has since been amended and a paper trail has been included and Moipisi said that now they don’t know what the opposition is looking for. Last year the opposition promised to hold demonstrations frequently across the country to protest against the introduction of EVM but only one was held. In his SONA, President Khama has revealed that EVM will be used in the 2019 elections as the law has been passed.