Aspiring Botswana Congress Party (BCP) parliamentary and council candidates will have to foot their own campaign costs, the party has said.
Party’ spokesperson Taolo Lucas revealed in an interview that his party does not have monetary resources to assist candidates.
Lucas says his party is however conducting workshops across the country to educate candidates on the election process at both primary and national level.
“Mostly, our campaigns are financed by individual candidates. However, we encourage all constituencies to find means of raising funds for their campaigns as the party does not offer financial assistance” he says.
The party’s partnership with Westminster Foundation in the United Kingdom would however equip the candidates through political training.
“We are going to help our candidates to appreciate the philosophy of the party and to better understand how the campaign works.
Most importantly we want our candidates to appreciate that primary elections within the party are a democratic process that cannot be avoided,” Lucas said.
The party has so far trained trainers that can hold workshops across the country to impart knowledge.
Regarding campaign material, Lucas said BCP will help all constituencies with generic campaign posters for uniformity purposes.
“We would like all constituencies to use a similar brand so that it can be uniform across the country. All the branding will have to be sanctioned from the head office,” he said.
The BCP mouth-piece further explained that the party will help all constituencies to draft their local manifestos.
Meanwhile, he said the party will hold its primary elections on November 16 South of Dibete and November 23rd on the North of Dibete while the last batch will be held on a date still to be announced.