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In a shocking turn of events, the Independence Electoral Commission (IEC) Maun office is experiencing a high numbers of registration clerks and supervisors pulling out from the ongoing general voter’s registration exercise.
IEC Maun principal elections officer, Khumo Lebang confirmed the development revealing that since the beginning of the process on January 5th, 2024, more than 16 of voter registration officers have resigned from their posts. Out of this 16, seven are registration clerks while nine are supervisors.
According to Lebang, Maun West has registered the highest numbers of resigned officers which stands at seven since January 5th, while Maun North and East registered four each. He lamented that the mass pull-out of these officers has affected the smooth process of achieving their goal of registering the highest number of people in the region.
He revealed that most of the clerks’ reasons of quitting is that they have found greener pastures elsewhere while the supervisors’ reasons are transfers, some having found permanent jobs and others citing issues of health challenges.
Lebang indicated that though it takes time to replace these officers, they have however managed to do that revealing that as of Thursday morning (January 11th, 2024), all their polling stations had a clerk officer and supervisor. He noted that those that were engaged as a replacement had to be endorsed or approved by the national office in Gaborone before they can resume their duties. However, Lebang fears the possibilities of other officers also resigning for the same reasons.
Meanwhile Lebang has revealed that as of Friday and Saturday last week they have recorded a total number of 2510 registered voters from all of their 208 polling stations in the Maun constituencies. He said out of 78 polling stations in Maun West, 566 voters have been registered.
“Out of 58 polling stations in the Maun North, only 1116 voters were registered on the same days while 828 voters were registered from the 72 polling stations in the Maun East constituency,” he revealed noting that the expectation is for the numbers to increase.
Lebang indicated that they will make another public announcement today (Friday) to make sure that many are informed and reminded of the ongoing voter registration exercise noting that it is very vital to inform people than to speculate that they are aware.
That as it may, Maun East Member of Parliament Goretetse Kekgonegile has encouraged his constituents and the public in general to register in large numbers as a democratic right that will allow them to vote for the government of their choice during the elections.