Thousands of Batswana face disfranchisement in 2009

source: Sunday Standard
by John Regonamanye
16.03.2008 6:24:41 P

Thousands of Batswana could see themselves disfranchised in the coming 2009 general elections because their national registration cards (Omang) expire this year – 2008, it emerged Friday in parliament.

It emerged further that the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs knew about the calamity the disfranchisement could bring about but sat on the ticking bomb.
“My ministry has always known that a total of 400 000 national registration cards will expire this year. Based on this knowledge, my ministry continues to encourage all Batswana whose cards will expire within eleven months to apply for renewals as a way to reduce late hour registrations,” said the Assistant Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri.

“With the general elections scheduled for 2009, my ministry is now going to intensify the public campaigns for the registration or renewals of expired national identity cards. The intention is to avoid those who qualify to vote to fail to [continue reading]

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