OTJIWARONGO, 19 OCT (NAMPA) -
A five-day workshop for the regional co-ordinators of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is underway at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
ECN Chairperson Advocate Notemba Tjipueja officially opened the training on Monday morning, saying a total of 42 ECN regional co-ordinators and their assistants are in attendance.
"I wish to state the purpose of us being here, and that it is the training of the ECN regional managers, namely, the ECN regional co-ordinators and their assistants," she said.
Tjipueja said the key purpose of training regional co-ordinators is to enable them to understand their electoral roles and responsibilities, and also to impart technical skills that will help them execute their duties.
She said that as ECN operations have become highly technical with the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), it is necessary for ECN officials to embrace the technology in order to conduct fair and transparent elections.
The ECN regional co-ordinators will also have the opportunity during the workshop to reflect on and share their views on previous election matters. Their training programme will cover topics on electoral legal frameworks; planning; operational issues; logistics; stakeholders' engagement; electoral justice; and equity.
Tjipueja said the ECN regional co-ordinators and their assistants are mandated by the commission to manage, direct, supervise and control election processes under their regional jurisdictions within the confinements of the Electoral Act.
"You are expected to conduct elections in a free, fair and transparent manner, and also deliver credible election results," she said.
On 27 November this year, all eligible voters in the country are expected to participate in the 2015 Regional and Local Authority Elections to elect their regional and town council leaders who will manage the affairs and development activities of the regions and town councils for the next five years.
The workshop at Otjiwarongo is being conducted by the ECN and ends Friday.