RDP to contest in eight Omusati constituencies

28 Sep 2015 14:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) will contest the Regional Authorities Election in eight of the Omusati Region’s 12 constituencies.
One of the leaders of the party in the region, Joshua Nghishiikoh revealed this in a telephonic interview with Nampa from the Omusati Region’s Ogongo Constituency on Monday.
Nghishiikoh pointed out that his political organisation, which is the former official opposition party, will contest the election in the constituencies where its support is significant.
He, however, indicated that the RDP will have candidates for the Local Authorities Election in all four main towns of the Omusati Region.
These towns are Outapi, the regional capital; Ruacana; Oshikuku and Okahao.
“We will hold a crucial meeting on the 10th of next month at Ogongo here to publicly announce our party’s candidates and the towns and constituencies where they are going to contest the elections,” Nghishiikoh said.
He said the former RDP member of the National Assembly (NA), Heiko Lucks is expected to officiate at the announcement of the party’s candidates for the two elections.
“We have already started lobbying support for our candidates throughout the region and will continue doing so during the upcoming election campaigns,” said Nghishiikoh.
He, however, expressed concern that a party candidate has to pay N.dollars 2 000 to be allowed to participate in the upcoming elections.
“This makes democracy unnecessarily expensive and unaffordable to upcoming political parties, especially if they are to appoint candidates in all constituencies in the country,” Nghishiikoh argued.
The Namibian electorate is anticipated to go to the polls in November this year to elect members of the country’s 14 regional councils as well as local authorities’ political office bearers.