Red Cross to buttress polling day

29 Oct 2014 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) will partner with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to render humanitarian services during polling day on 28 November this year.
Namibians go to the polls on that date to elect a new President and National Assembly members.
The NRCS’s Manager for Humanitarian Diplomacy Rosemary Nalisa told a microcosm of editors and senior journalists from various media houses on Tuesday that this planned involvement is a fulfilment of their auxiliary status.
“The NRCS has participated in previous national elections on a smaller scale.
The 192 volunteers and staff will at all times adhere to the electoral laws of the country while stationed at the First Aiders’ (FA) sites”, she noted.
The NRCS’s FA posts will be located some 100 metres from the polling stations in 10 regions of the country, and will render assistance to all without any form of discrimination.
The humanitarian services will include basic medical assistance for headaches or minor injuries; the supply of water to the electorate to prevent dehydration; first-aid services; referrals and evacuations of people who might fall sick on site; as well as assisting in the tracing of children and others who might get lost.

“The ECN will offer training to all staff and volunteers on the do’s and don’ts. All deployed staff and volunteers will display the Red Cross emblem at all times, as well as ECN accreditation cards”, Nalisa explained.
As for the future, the NRCS has plans to lobby for FA training to be a requirement for acquiring a driver’s licence in Namibia.
This is because when people arrive at accident scenes before medical personnel, they are not always clued-up on how to assist injured fellow human beings.
The NRCS also has an agreement with the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to offer FA services during big sporting events.
Such help can thus be extended to cover national days like Independence Day and Heroes’ Day, Nalisa said.
The NRCS is the largest humanitarian organisation in the country, covering all corners.
Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity.
It, therefore, subscribes to the over-arching seven fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, being impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, humanity, unity and universality.