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Bombshell! Botswana politician admits to vote rigging

A Botswana ruling party member has said he took part in vote rigging – in which people voted twice – during the October election, reports AFP news agency.

The runner-up in the election, Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), had complained it had seen irregularities in some constituencies and filed the legal challenge against the election result.

A member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) told court that he ferried thousands of people to vote in the opposition stronghold Gabarone, according to AFP.

He also said that people voted twice – first in their own constituencies, then in other constituencies.

The BDP won a majority in all of Gaborone’s five constituencies, which were previously held by the opposition.

President Ian Khama’s BDP won the overall election, continuing its run in power – the BDP has been in power since Botswana gained independence in 1966.

A panel of High Court judges hearing the UDC’s petitions is set to rule within 90 days of their submission, AFP adds.

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