ROAR: Right of admission reserved

ROAR: Right of admission reserved

A number of people were denied the chance to register on the last supplementary registration edition in Maun. 

The voters who were mainly youth were turned away on Saturday and Sunday at polling stations which are within the kgotla.

IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) officers who were tasked with registering voters turned some people away blaming their dress code.

The officer made it known that they were not going to register women wearing trousers and men with dreadlocks or wearing shorts.

Though some of them tried to make a point that they were not there for tribal purposes but were there to register, the IEC officers said that it was against the Batawana tradition to assist them in that kind of dress code.

Fuming at the entrance, one of those who was turned away blamed IEC for using the kgotla without looking at some of their rules.

“I do stay in Kgosing ward and most of the polling stations are in kgotlas. When will I get time to go and undress, it is not fair,” said the taxi man.

He said that as a taxi man they normally wear shorts which are not allowed.

He said it could on benefit everybody if the IEC tent was outside the kgotla. He left with a group of others who were turned away.

Thebe Changana, who had accompanied his fiancée, blamed the system saying it did disadvantage them. He said that his fiancée was not allowed in because she was wearing trousers but they had no choice but to leave without registering.

When asked why he did not use another polling station, he said that it was even worse because it is allocated within the main kgotla.

He refused to go and dress his partner properly saying that they had other important things to do. When contacted for comment, IEC Principal Public Relations Officer, Osupile Maroba, said that it is a situation that they do not have answers for.

He said that issues like that can be only solved by his office and that of Bogosi.

“It is not the first time to find such a situation but I am wondering why it still had to happen these days.”

Maroba pointed out registration for election did not require any dress code but since some of the polling stations were within Kgotlas, respect for Batawana culture had to be observed.  He promised to look at the issue in future.

Last year Batawana Royals made it known that no one is going to be assisted in whatever means if they are not dressed appropriately.

They told a packed kgotla that women in skirts, men in shorts, with earrings and dreadlocks would not be helped.

Meanwhile more than 145 000 people registered in the last round. Maroba mentioned that they were still waiting for results from five other constituencies.

He said that looking at the numbers they are likely to achieve their target of one million.

“We have achieved 75 per cent so far,” he said.




  1. cheerful 2014/06/02

    Good Grieve why do they put the stations in place that stipulates a dress code??? Some one somewhre is not using their brain

  2. cheerful 2014/06/02

    or either this was done deliberately??

  3. cheerful 2014/06/03

    or either someone does not know what they are doing

  4. Tgirl 2014/06/04

    If that is the case, then that means polling stations should not be set up in KGOTLAS and CHURCHES so that people can be free to dress however they like.

  5. cheerful 2014/06/04

    If someone is using their brain there are ways to solve the issue?!

  6. Doris 2014/06/05

    Nna ke dumalana le Bogosi jwa Batawana. A go tlotliwe ngwao ya bone. Ke eng bone batho baba neng ba batla go ikwadisa basa tle ba apere sentle? Akere banna ko ditirong tsaga goromente gaba apare di shorts jaanong keeng ba batla go dira jalo ko Kgotleng? Bomme le bone ka ntlha ya go batla tekatekano gase batho baba batlang go utlwisisa. Tlotlang ngwao gore lo itse kolo tswang teng.

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