ECN to determine due date for parties' registrations

14 Feb 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The due date for political parties to register for elections in November this year will be determined after President Hifikepunye Pohamba proclaims the exact date for the elections.
Namibians will go to the polls in November this year for the Presidential and National Assembly elections. The Local Authority elections are slated for 2015.
ECN Corporate Communications Officer Vikitoria Hango told Nampa recently that soon after the election dates are proclaimed, there will be nominations on dates - to be determined by the Commission - and then parties will have to register to participate in the elections.
The ECN is currently conducting the general registration for voters, which commenced on 15 January and ends on 02 March 2014.
Section 39(1)(a) of the Electoral Act states that “the principal object of a political party should be to participate in and promote elections, and membership should not be excluded or restricted on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status”.
Furthermore, the application of the party must be accompanied by proof of payment of the amount of N.dollars 10 000 for registration; the party’s constitution; and a declaration signed by at least 500 members of the political party whose names appear on the national voters' register to the effect that these voters support the registration of the political party.
Currently, there are 15 political parties registered on the ECN’s database.
The latest parties to have registered in the last six years include the Christian Democratic Voice (2013); United People’s Movement (2010); and The Democratic Party (2008).