Parliament today voted in additional specially elected members of parliamen. Hon Mephato Reatile former member of parliament for Ngwaketsi West and currently Southern District Council chairperson and Bogolo Joy Kenewendo internationally trained economist, media commentator and policy analyst were unopposed as candidates.
Not to sideline Hon Mephato Reatile, it goes without saying that women representation in parliament leaves a lot to be desired. It is very refreshing when a woman as young and educated as Bogolo does it for the women. Bogolo is a phenomenal young woman and a lot can be said about her, just recently, she made the inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
A total of 48 MPs participated in the duo’s election this morning. Thirty three (33) legislators voted for Mr Reatile while Ms Kenewendo received 31 votes, while 11 abstained and four votes were spoilt. The election of the two specially elected MPs followed amendment of Section 58 of the Constitution, which increased the number of specially elected members from four to six