Five opposition parties to coopperate during elections

05 Nov 2015 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) – Five opposition parties on Wednesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate during the upcoming Regional Council and Local Authority Elections slatted for 27 November 2015.
The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Congress of Democrats (CoD), Republican Party (RP), National Democratic Party (NDP), and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) signed the MoU last weekend. This agreement will see these opposition parties supporting each other during the upcoming elections.
Speaking at a media conference here on Wednesday, Nudo spokesperson Joseph Kauandenge said: “We are avoiding a situation where parties form coalitions but still get minimal votes from the election. This agreement will enable us to play a meaningful role in the democratic process of our country”.
The parties used the same platform to clarify that the signed agreement is not a coalition but rather a cooperation agreement.
They believe that if they support each other it will benefit all of them in strengthening the opposition and keep the ruling party accountable.
The parties will campaign and support the candidates of other parties where they are not represented.
At the same conference, RP Vice-President Clara //Gowases expressed her happiness for this agreement, saying: “I am very excited. This is the first time in the history of our country that opposition parties come together and have cooperation of this nature.”
Approached for comment, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Director of Elections, Paul Isaak told Nampa on Thursday he was not sure how this cooperation agreement will work.
“I am aware of it but I am still studying this agreement to find its place in the electoral law.”
Meanwhile, Martin Lukato of the NDP earlier said the agreement he entered into with the four parties will not last long.
“I do not think this will last long because some of these people are selfish. They do not even want to share resources,” Lukato was quoted as saying in the Namibian Sun newspaper on Tuesday.
Asked why he signed the agreement, he said: “It won’t last for long according to my observation”.
Lukato said opposition parties should stop signing documents and not implement them.