UDC to challenge elections results in court

Sharon Mathala

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) will finally submit their court papers challenging the outcomes of the just ended general election tomorrow.

The Voice can confirm that the coalition party, led by Duma Boko will challenge for less than 14 constituencies but more than 10.

This was confirmed by the lead lawyer, Dick Bayford, to The Voice online in a brief interview this afternoon.

“We would have filed the court papers by tomorrow. It’s highly unlikely we will challenge for all 14 but it will slightly be over 10 constituencies,” Bayford confirmed.

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The UDC only managed to win 15 constituencies in the last general elections, but perhaps the biggest upset was the loss by party leader, Boko.

Boko was ousted by Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) Annah Mokgethi in a historic win.

She was to later make the cut in cabinet and was appointed Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs.

Whilst The Voice online was unable to get the court document to detail what exactly the key points for the election petition are, the opposition members have in the past pointed to the interference of state organs such as the DISS and BURS in their campaigns as well as claims of vote rigging and voter trafficking.

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