No date set for Onyaanya, Otjiwarongo constituency by-elections

14 Apr 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has not yet set a date for the Onyaanya Constituency by-election in the Oshikoto Region.
The by-election became necessary following the appointment of the constituency's former councillor Henock Kankoshi as Governor of the Oshikoto Region.
A by-election is an election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between general elections
ECN Public Relations Officer, Vikitoria Hango told Nampa on Tuesday the ECN is aware of the political office left vacant in that constituency.
She said the norm is that a by-election must be held within 90 days of the position of regional councillor becoming vacant.
Hango explained that as soon as confirmation of the vacant position is received from a concerned regional council in which a vacant position falls, the ECN then prepares to start the election process.
In 2004, Kankoshi was elected to be the regional councillor for the Onyaanya Constituency and was selected to represent the region in the National Council (NC).
Meanwhile, Hango said the ECN is not aware of the vacant position left by Otjiwarongo Constituency Councilor Otto Iipinge who was also recently appointed as Governor of the Otjozondjupa region.
Iipinge's appointment as governor means that his position at the Otjozondjupa Regional Council has become vacant and a by-election will have to be held to find his replacement.
“We have not yet received confirmation on that position from the regional council, but I will confirm with the ECN Manager of Operations Theo Mujoro as well to see if he received communication on this,” Hango said.
Ipinge was elected as the regional councillor for Otjiwarongo Constituency in the 2010 regional elections.