Farmers should keep gates open on Election Day: Rugharo

18 Nov 2014 14:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Otjozondjupa regional elections’ co-ordinator is urging commercial farmers here to keep their farm gates open on election day.
Voters are expected to go to the polling stations and cast their votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 28 November this year.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on Monday held a one-day consultative meeting with its regional stakeholders at Otjiwarongo.
Speaking during the meeting, Friedrich Rugharo said commercial and communal farmers in the region must ensure access to their farms on election day, and avail the earmarked properties inside their farms to be used by ECN officials.
This meeting was attended by representatives of different political parties such as Swanu of Namibia; the Swapo-Party; the DTA of Namibia, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO).
Election observers from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania were also present at the meeting.
Rugharo furthermore called on all 16 registered political parties to hold their political campaigns in a peaceful manner, and to adhere to the ECN’s electoral code of conduct.
He reminded the political parties operational in the region to submit the names of their party agents to the ECN’s offices in Otjiwarongo before 19 November.
The forms which identify these political party agents must also be completed and handed back to the ECN’s returning officers of the different constituencies before Wednesday.
According to Rugharo, a total of 155 polling stations - 61 fixed and 94 mobile - have been identified in the region.
Seven verification centres have also been identified in seven constituencies in the region, such as the Tsumkwe Community Hall in the Tsumkwe Constituency; the Omulunga Communal Hall in Grootfontein; and the Otavi Community Hall in the Otavi Constituency.
The Swanevelder Community Hall has been identified as an ECN verification centre in Otjiwarongo, while the Okakarara Community Hall will be used in the Okakarara Constituency; the Kapaeu School Hall in Ovitoto will be used for the Omatako Constituency; and the Okahandja Community Hall will be used for Okahandja.
A total of 930 trained ECN officials will work in the region.
Rugharo assured all voters here to expect top-quality election services during the actual voting process.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma; the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo; and ECN Commissioner Albertina-Peneyambeko Nangolo were amongst those who attended the meeting.