President Hifikepunye Pohamba has reiterated that this years pot list –electoral college- will for the first time cement the emancipation of women in all party ranks after the endorsement of the 50-50 gender quota on the final list of candidates to parliament.
Pohamba who is both head of state and party president was speaking at the official opening of the Electoral College for his party in the capital yesterday
"This Electoral College is taking place following the historic and forward-looking amendment to the SWAPO Party Constitution, making provision for the 50/50 gender representation on all wings, organs and all structures of our Party," Pohamba said.
He added that, "With this Constitutional amendment, the SWAPO Party has paved the way for greater recognition and empowerment of Namibian women. It is no small success that the selection of the wings and regional delegates to this College was done on the basis of 50/50 gender representation."
According to Pohamba there is no doubt that gender balance within the organs and structures of the Party will infuse new energy, vitality and diversity of ideas and experiences in our decision-making processes.
" This is a welcome and timely innovation that will strengthen and revitalize the SWAPO Party in the immediate, medium and long terms," he said.
Pohamba also called for unity of purpose.
"The successful conclusion of this process will be an important milestone in our preparations for the up-coming General Elections later this year. The process must, therefore, be guided and conducted within the letter and spirit of the Constitution of the SWAPO Party, the SWAPO Party Code of Conduct and the Revised SWAPO Party Rules and Procedures for Elections of Party Office Bearers at Legislative and Government Levels," he said.
By Tiri Masawi