Following their crushing defeat which included the trouncing of party leader, Duma Boko, at the just ended general election, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has launched an intense war to win back constituencies they believe were stolen from them.
The UDC is challenging the results for 13 parliamentary seats and six council seats.
Whilst each constituency has different dynamics, in court papers seen by The Voice Online, some of the complaints from the UDC are that “some ballot papers had a faint ‘x’ mark instead of marker print. This was an anomaly as markers were availed at all polling booths.“
“IEC officers did not communicate with political party agents when moving ballot boxes from one classroom (i.e polling rooms) to another for counting,” reads some of the UDC’s complaints.
Another abnormality from elections according to some of the UDC papers is that “some seals on ballot boxes were tempered with. When the ballot boxes were opened, ballot boxes were stacked together and folded simultaneously as if they had been put in boxes wholesale. During counting officers would shake the ballot papers in order to un-stack them,”
The UDC is challenging election results for Gaborone Bonnington North, Gantsi North, Tlokweng, Kanye South, Gaborone central, Gaborone North, Gaborone South, Lentsweletau, Molepolole North, Letlhakeng/Lephephe, Goodhope Mabule and Boteti West.
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