DTA candidates contest both Regional Council and Local Authority

15 Oct 2015 19:20pm


Veteran politician Reggie Diergaardt says he joined the DTA of Namibia to make a difference and contribution in the party. DTA Secretary-General (SG), Elma Dienda announced Diergaardt's membership during a media briefing here on Thursday.

Diergaardt said the DTA requested him to run for both the Regional Council (RC) and Local Authority (LA) Elections on 27 November 2015. He will contest the Windhoek East Constituency. Diergaardt said his double candidacy was cleared by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

Dienda also announced that two other candidates will contest both elections - Sylvester Kazapua will run for the Khomasdal Constituency and Ina Gouws for Katutura East. However, the ECN said it strongly advised political parties to refrain from registering candidates for both elections.

ECN Director for Elections, Professor Paul Isaak told Nampa on enquiry Thursday that the ECN had informed parties not to let their members contest both the RC and LA elections. He said although the Electoral Act was not so clear as to whether candidates could run for both elections at the same time, doing so would be taking another person's place.

"Voters need to know who they are really voting for. In that case, a person cannot serve both the Regional Council and Local Authority at the same time; one (position) will have to be nullified," said the elections' director.

He added that nullifying a second position of one person means that position will become vacant and people will thus have to vote in another bi-election, which will result in extra costs for the political party. Isaak reiterated that the DTA of Namibia did not get any confirmation or go-ahead from the ECN to register candidates for both the RC and LA elections.