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BDP vows to discipline party rebels
November 5, 2004
05 November, 2004

GABORONE - The Botswana Democratic Party has not changed its decision to take measures against members who de-campaigned it after losing primary elections.

BDP deputy executive secretary Fidelis Molao told BOPA that they have not forgotten about the issue.

He said they had neither started evaluating last week end's general election results nor discussed the way forward.

Molao said action would be taken against those who betrayed the party after losing primary elections but still kept membership cards, and added that no action would be taken against those who defected to other political parties.

There were serious allegations before the Saturday general election that some BDP members betrayed the party by assisting the opposition after losing in the party's primary election system of Bulela Ditswe.

Addressing a political rally in Francistown South Constituency last month, party chairman and Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama warned that stern measures would be taken against those who betrayed the party.

There were also suggestions that a post election commission of inquiry should be appointed to investigate any cheating by members.

Still in that month, three independent council candidates in Tonota South constituency who lost in the Bulela Ditswe party primary elections were expelled from the party.

The hardest hit constituencies were Francistown and Kgatleng. During Saturdays' election, there were rumours that some BDP members in Kgatleng constituency who lost in the primaries were acting as polling agents for opposition parties.

However, Molao refuted allegations that some of his party members were polling agents at Kgatleng constituency.

He however said they would investigate the issue. BOPA


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