SWAKOPMUND, 21 JAN (NAMPA) - Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Advocate Notemba Tjipueja says understanding of the electoral process will lead to public approval of the outcome of election results.
Tjipueja stated this during the opening of a five-day training workshop on the use of a voter education facilitation guide here on Monday.
The workshop aims to provide training with regards to the election process to various stakeholders, as well as equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out voter education for elections as provided for in the electoral law.
The Chairperson explained that if members of the public and stakeholders have knowledge and understanding of the rules and procedures that facilitate the organisation, planning and execution of elections and all electoral activities, it will greatly enhance the integrity of the whole electoral process.
Tjipueja went on to say that the ECN has been following election events and observed that things appear to be ?becoming more complicated?.
?Namibians are taking elections too serious, they are demanding services, information, education and communication from the ECN. When they do not get this, they start speculating, hence our efforts to inform the electorate on a continuous basis about on-going electoral processes and activities,? she stated.
She further added that a voter education booklet developed in 2012 serves as guide to conducting voter education. It is accompanied by a facilitation guide aimed at assisting voter educators to be able to transmit the content of the booklet effectively.
The ECN?s mission is to deliver impartial, free, fair and credible elections managed in a democratic, transparent and participatory, effective and efficient manner.
Tjipueja therefore stated that the ECN transparency should be cemented in openness and inclusiveness, through a multiple of activities and endeavours, including outreach programmes, publications and voter education.
The aim of the voters? education programmes, she explained, is to enlighten and encourage citizens to appreciate their individual and collective roles and contributions to the democratic process, especially through voting.
She added that it also aimed at creating awareness amongst the public, electorate and stakeholders of particular electoral activities.
The workshop is amongst others being attended by political party members and members of civil society organisations.
?The ECN is mandated to accredit any natural or juristic person to provide voter education in respect of any election. Although political parties will not be accredited by the ECN to do voter education, they will be accredited in the training for political parties to have an understanding of how voter education is conducted,? she stated.
Tjipueja additionally mentioned that the ECN is in the final processes of the production of a Namibia National Voter Education Policy.