Swapo to launch election campaign next week

31 Aug 2014 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - The ruling Swapo Party will officially launch its election campaign for the forthcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections next week Saturday in Windhoek.
This was announced by Swapo Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba soon after the announcement of the party’s Electoral College results here Saturday night.
Mbumba said the election campaign will be launched with a star rally to be addressed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba. That star rally will then be followed up with regional rallies.
Mbumba also announced that the founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr. Sam Nujoma has indicated that he is ready to contribute to the election campaigns.
Speaking to Nampa soon after the results were announced, the party secretary-general said the Electoral College was well organised and well attended by all delegates from the regions.
Mbumba said the results of the Electoral College were a clear expression of the delegate’s will, as they all voted freely and without fear or favour.
He said new party members made it onto the party list, which is according to him a good thing although some party veterans lost out and will not come back to Parliament next year.
“That is democracy. This is not the will of one person not even the will of the President or the Vice-President or anybody else, but this is the will of the majority of the delegates,” said the Swapo SG.
Meanwhile, President Hifikepunye Pohamba congratulated the party’s candidates who were elected, saying they conducted themselves excellently as disciplined members of the party.
He added that the delegates’ participation has demonstrated their commitment to the principles of democracy and fairness.
He however cautioned that those who were elected will only go to Parliament if they convince the electorate to vote for the Swapo Party in the upcoming general elections.
The President then thanked members of his government for initiating the idea of increasing the members of the National Assembly and those of the National Council.
Members of the National Assembly were increased from 72 to 96 members for next year.
Pohamba, who is also the Swapo Party President, said his expectation is that the ruling party will win 91 seats or more in the National Assembly election in November this year.
Delegates at the Electoral College were in joyous mood after the Electoral College concluded, as they congratulated each other and offered well wishes to those who made it onto the party list.