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UDC COALITION REGRETS NOT WORKING WITH OPPOSITION PARTIES AGAINST BDP

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The main opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change says while it celebrates victory from the Bosele bye-election, over the weekend, it regrets that the opposition collective is not waging the fight against the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

UDC candidate Maplanka Mpule polled 340 votes against 310 for BDP candidate Isaac Moseki. BCP candidate Kaelo Kgomotso came third with 228, Olebile Sesupo of the Botswana Labour Party managed 13 votes while independent candidate Montsho Molomo only got 8 votes. There were 13 spoiled ballots.

The UDC party says it does not celebrate when other opposition parties underperform or struggle in elections, adding that its target is the ruling BDP and not the other parties.

In a statement the party said it will continue to fight for opposition unity and cohesion, saying, for a meaningful change to take effect, opposition parties should, regardless of their differences, speak with one voice.

Voter turnout in the bye-election was at about 51.4 percent, with 912 people casting their ballot against 1 773 who were eligible to vote.