09 Oct 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Khomas Region on Wednesday strategised on combatting crime and maintenance of law and order before, during and after the 2014 November elections.
Namibia will go to the polls on 28 November for the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
The workshop aimed to get all role players in the safety and security sector together to assess the level of the regional security preparedness ahead of the elections during November.
This is done to instil good practices and lessons learnt in fostering and improving internal security through peaceful and democratic elections in Namibia, said NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga in a statement read on his behalf by the Commander of the Khomas Region, Major-General Desiderius Shilunga.
Ndeitunga said Namibia has held several peaceful elections in the past, and the challenge Namibians now face is to actively preserve and build their democratic achievements.
He then called on all political parties and the nation at large to exercise their democratic rights with caution and due consideration of Namibia's national laws.
Also speaking during the opening ceremony, Khomas Regional Governor Laura Mcleod-Katjirua said the workshop confirms that each and every Namibian wants to maintain the culture of free, fair and credible elections and combatting of any crime and maintenance of law and order before, during and after the elections.
These platforms (workshop) must give us greater sense of collective ownership to continuously share the responsibility of improving the fairness or effectiveness of our electoral system and all related mechanisms to uphold the credibility of our elections as an instrument of power to the voters and State and not just a political process, she said.
The one-day workshop was attended by police commanders, members of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Office of the Prosecutor General (PG) and City Police.