Thursday, 18 May 2017
Electronic Voting Machine, Coordinator Gabriel Seeletse says the seven thousand Electronic Voting Machines to be procured from Indian company Bharat is estimated to cost the government P90 million.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
The electoral commission will not be taking part in tonight’s panel discussion on the controversial EVMs, organised by the Botswana Council of NGOs together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Opposition parties say they will not participate in what they call a sham where the electoral commission will today showcase an infamous Electronic Voting Machine, supposedly to be used in the 2019

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Thursday, 18 May 2017
Electronic Voting Machine, Coordinator Gabriel Seeletse says the seven thousand Electronic Voting Machines to be procured from Indian company Bharat is estimated to cost the government P90 million. Seeletso stated at a gathering dubbed ‘’Touch and Feel’’ EVM machines that the estimated amount will also be determined by the specifications that come with the machines. He said that Bharat will also dispatch a technical team which will help with resolving issues related to machines in the event that the machines break down.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
The electoral commission will not be taking part in tonight’s panel discussion on the controversial EVMs, organised by the Botswana Council of NGOs together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. BOCONGO Executive director Botho Seboko told Gabz FM news that the IEC turned down the invitation because of a busy schedule. He said BOCONGO even proposed to postpone the panel discussion to accommodate the IEC, but were later informed that the IEC will not participate in the dialogue.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Opposition parties say they will not participate in what they call a sham where the electoral commission will today showcase an infamous Electronic Voting Machine, supposedly to be used in the 2019 general elections. BCP spokesperson Dithapelo Keorapetse said they have a case at the high court on the matter therefore the demonstration is running parallel to the legal inquiry before court on the machine. He says by going ahead with the demonstration, the IEC will be in violation of the sub-prejudice principle and consequently in contempt of court.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
The electoral commission is set to showcase an enhanced electronic voting machine tomorrow, supposedly to be used in the 2019 general elections. Project coordinator Gabriel Seeletso says the organisation will exhibit a machine with paper trail, otherwise known as Voter –Verified Paper Audit Trail, VVPAT, even though this is not provided for in the electoral Act.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
The Indian company invited to showcase an EVM, has distanced itself from what it called “hackathon” organised by the IEC. In a statement, Bharat Electronics, says it has been invited to show only the functionality of EVMs and VVPATs designed to meet the specific requirements of Botswana Government. Bharat Electronics is not disputing that these machines can be hacked, but it says they are different from the ones which are used by the Election Commission of India.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
The immigration and passport control services is one of the government departments hit hard by the worldwide computer virus, wannacry. The virus, which has affected more than 150 countries, has led to a shutdown of many online government services. The Communications Ministry says it is taking the necessary precautionary steps to secure all systems, whose integrity can be adversely affected. It further says it is monitoring the situation, and that further developments would be communicated in due course.
Friday, 12 May 2017
The electorate in Tlokweng will go for polls tomorrow, in a parliamentary bye-election following the death, Same Bathobakae late last year. The ruling BDP, the UDC and an independent candidate are contesting for the seat. The BDP will be represented by Elija Katse, who promises to take a leading role in finding a solution to the shortage of land in Tlokweng. The UDC which will look to retain the seat, has fielded Kenneth Segokgo, who has said that the land issue will be his priority, as Batlokwa have no land for residential, farming and commercial purposes.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Political parties are due to hold final electioneering campaigns today on the eve of the by-election. The ruling BDP is set to host its star rally in the area from 10 this morning where a number of speakers, including party leader, President Ian Khama, will address supporters. The opposition, UDC, will at the same time have its own major rally where leaders of four political parties in the coalition, are set to attend.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Independent daily, Mmegi newspaper, has called on the electorate to vote for the opposition, Umbrella for Democratic Change in the by-election tomorrow in Tlokweng. In its editorial commentary in today’s paper, Mmegi encourages residents in Tlokweng to vote for the UDC candidate Kenneth Segokgo saying Batlokwa are landless when the ruling elite is accumulating a lot of land. The newspaper says it will be the last time Batlokwa enjoy transparent elections as the government is imposing the electronic voting machines on them, in the next general elections.
Friday, 12 May 2017
The Selebi Phikwe Town Council has introduced a centralised transport system aimed at alleviating transport shortage and curb abuse of council vehicles. In other news, the Selebi Phikwe Town Council has introduced a centralised transport system aimed to alleviate transport shortage and curb abuse of council vehicles. According to Town Clerk, Godimo Garegope, under the strategy dubbed 'Call a Cab,' all council fleet is parked at a central point and officers call the Transport Officer whenever they need the use of a vehicle.

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