Sadc observer mission on spotlight as Botswana goes to the polls

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Zimbabwe Foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo heads SADC observer Mission in Botswana

Botswana has gone to the polls with the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), the main opposition party, refusing to engage with the Sadc Observer mission amid reports the regional block is pro the ruling party, Zim Morning Post has heard.

Sources in Botswana said the opposition, until Tuesday, had not met the Sadc Observer mission team led by Zimbabwe Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo.

UDC, a political alliance in Botswana was founded in November 2012 by members from various opposition parties.

The opposition is currently led by Duma Boko and sources say the election is likely to be a closely fought battle between it and Botswana’s ruling party, the Botswana Democratic Party.

The ruling party is likely to win but the opposition will give them a run for their money. It will not be a walk in the park,” said the source.

The opposition is worried that the electoral body may temper with the voters’ roll so all eyes are on the electoral process.

In the past, Sadc observer missions have been accused by many regional opposition parties for endorsing all elections without taking due considerations to evidence of vote buying, rigging and violence.

Opposition parties have often accused Sadc of playing the brotherhood role with fellow revolutionary parties, endorsing flawed plebiscites.

In a space of one year, Sadc has endorsed elections in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, declaring them free and fair despite opposition parties embarking in legal battles. Zim Morning Post

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