Development is not just construction of skyscrapers, roads: ECN

24 Jun 2014 17:41pm
RUNDU, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - Open democratic societies have a better chance at equitable development with respect for human rights than authoritarian systems, the Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Professor Paul Isaak has said.
Delivering a public lecture on the “Importance of democracy and electoral integrity in Africa, and particularly in Namibia, as a tool to enhance good governance”, Isaak said the motto of the ECN is to enable people through elections to exercise their voice and to demand for development.
The lecture was part of the celebration of the Africa Public Service Day (APSD) being held from 23 to 26 June at Rundu.
This development, according to the ECN director, is that of ensuring that those who are hungry have food while those without proper and affordable housing have homes, clinics and good education infrastructure, which are basic human needs.
He said in many African countries where there is conflict, there are no developments, but that is not the same situation in Namibia, where peace and stability has been maintained since Independence in 1990.
“Let is all continue to make Namibia a country we can all be proud of, especially as we build democracy, electoral integrity, and socio-economic justice as well as ensuring that services are available and provided equally and fairly to all Namibians,” the director urged.
Isaak thus appealed to public servants to sharpen their commitment to improve the quality of service delivery, so that everyone enjoy the “fruits of the country’s independence”.
The professor noted that in order for the electoral body to run all the country’s elections in a free, fair and credible manner, the ECN is engaging in electoral civic and voter education as well as seeking innovative ways to create an atmosphere of excitement for voting, and establishing political codes of conduct.
He said development is not the mere construction of skyscrapers, roads and airports or statistical increase in the Gross Domestic Products (GDP), but rather the qualitative and quantitative growth of both the material and non-material funds or resources available to individuals and society for the fuller pursuit of their creative energies.