Pohamba calls for solutions to voter registration problems

11 Feb 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has directed the relevant stakeholders to ensure that all eligible Namibians are registered as voters for the 2015 Local Authority elections.
He gave the order during his address at the first ordinary Cabinet session at State House on Tuesday.
“I direct that a lasting solution be found to ensure that all eligible voters can register and no Namibian should be disenfranchised,” he said.
Some Namibians have already been denied voters’ cards, and these include residents living in informal settlements as well as uniformed personnel and students, because they are unable to produce the required residency documents to prove they have been living in a local authority for 12 consecutive months.
Pohamba noted that it is the democratic right of Namibian citizens to take part in elections, and these rights are enshrined in Chapter 3 of the Namibian Constitution.
“I call upon all eligible voters to register in order to exercise their democratic right and indeed their civic duty to vote during the elections,” he stressed.
The Head of State noted that it is disconcerting that some sections of the Namibian society are discouraging potential voters from registering.
He then called all members of Cabinet to continue working hard to coordinate the actions and programmes of the Namibian government, and to abide by the principle of collective responsibility as provided for in Article 41 of the Namibian Constitution and the Cabinet Handbook.
Pohamba also wished them all a happy and productive 2014.
Namibians will go to the polls in November this year in Presidential and National Assembly elections.