October election hopefuls named

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The Chief Justice of Botswana has approved nominated presidential candidates for the general elections billed for October 24. The nominations were done at the High Court in Gaborone on Saturday (September 20).

Seretse Khama Ian Khama will bid to be re-elected on October 24
Seretse Khama Ian Khama will bid to be re-elected on October 24

Seretse Khama Ian Khama of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Dumelang Saleshando of Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC)’s Duma Boko, were validly nominated, said the Botswana Press Agency.

Incumbent President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the country’s fourth president since independence, succeeded the former president Festus Mogae in 2008 following the latter’s retirement then was elected as the president during the 2009’s general elections.

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has been in power since independence in 1966. It is widely expected that a comfortable victory for BDP in 2014 remains by far the most likely outcome.