Seven parties fail to meet requirements for NA elections

29 Oct 2014 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – Seven of the political parties which submitted their candidates’ lists for the upcoming National Assembly (NA) elections dramatically failed to meet the nominations’ requirements.
All political parties submitted their lists of candidates by the cut-off time of 11h00 on Wednesday, but it was detected during the verification process that seven parties did not meet all criteria for the nominations.
These parties are the DTA of Namibia, Congress of Democrats (CoD), All People's Party (APP), Republican Party (RP), National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO), National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP).
The parties were supposed to register their candidates for the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in the capital by this morning.
These elections are slated for 28 November this year.
The ECN’s Director of Operations, Theo Mujoro, addressed the media and political parties after the registration process here on Wednesday.
He stated that the ECN detected that some parties did not provide the voter registration numbers of their candidates, while some nominated candidates are under the age of 21, and therefore do not qualify to sit in the National Assembly.
Mujoro explained that the ECN will give these parties an opportunity to rectify the matter.
The commission has issued letters to the political parties, asking them to respond by 17h00 today.
The ECN will thereafter do a final consideration.
Mujoro, who could not explain why these technical problems came up, assured the media that all political parties were issued with a checklist, which some did not follow.
Meanwhile, the nomination process for the presidential elections went smoothly, and no problems were detected during the registration process.