BOTSWANA’S SUPREME COURT REJECTS PRESIDENT’S APPEAL TO CHANGE RULES OF PARLIAMENT

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

GABORONE, BOTSWANA, Nov 12 – Botswana’s President Ian Khama has lost his appeal to change the rules of Parliament in the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) had wanted the Standing Orders of the house to be changed to allow for the voting for the Speaker of Parliament and the Deputy Speaker to be conducted through a show of hands, instead of by secret ballot.

Botswana Editors’ Forum chairman Spencer Mogape said after the court’s ruling here Tuesday: “The serious possibility is that if he does not get what he wants or who he wants as a vice-president, he may still dissolve Parliament;- that is our fear.”

“We don’t know how [he] is going to react, because the court has made it clear that the endorsement of the vice-president has to be made through a secret ballot in Parliament.

“The court has also made it clear that the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker has to be done through a secret ballot,” added Mogape.

SOURCE: SABC

Category: General

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