Omusati governor demands transparent elections

31 Oct 2015 11:30am
OUTAPI, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – Omusati Regional Governor, Erginus Endjala has called on Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) officials to be honest, transparent and fair in administering the upcoming Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.
Endjala made the call during an ECN stakeholders’ meeting held at Outapi on Friday.
According to him, an election will only be democratic and credible once it is administered honestly, transparently and fairly.
“I will be a happy governor when the coming Regional Council and Local Authority Elections are run properly, and our region become a role model in the whole country,” Endjala told his audience, which included ECN officials.
He, at the same time, urged political party members to refrain from intimidation during their election campaigns and to ensure that political conflict between members of different parties, which was experienced in the region during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in 2014, is not repeated.
“Individual members found guilty of causing havoc will be answerable for themselves, and no longer will the party answer for their deeds,” Endjala warned.
He then called on councillors who have been elected unopposed to be dedicated to their duty, and reminded them that “a person performs best when there is pressure and becomes disastrous in the absence of pressure”.
The ECN coordinator for the Omusati Region, Leonard Ndazapo told Nampa at the meeting that some 500 ECN officials will be in charge of the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections in the region on 27 November 2015.
Residents of the Etayi, Ogongo, Okalongo and Ruacana constituencies will vote in the Regional Council Election, while the Local Authority Election is taking place only at Ruacana and Oshikuku towns.
Swapo councillors were elected unopposed in the constituencies of Onesi, Tsandi, Outapi, Okahao, Oshikuku, Elim, Otamanzi and Anamulenge, while the ruling party councillors are elected unopposed at the towns of Outapi, Okahao and at the newly-created Tsandi village.
Swapo, official opposition DTA of Namibia, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) are the political parties that will participate in the upcoming election in the Omusati Region.
Approached for comment, the RDP candidate for Ogongo Constituency, Joshua Nghishiikoh said he could not attend the meeting because he learned about it too late.
DTA and NUDO representatives were not immediately available for comment.