A helicopter for voter education in Kunene

13 Nov 2015 17:30pm
OPUWO, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is busy sourcing a helicopter to reach inaccessible areas of the Kunene Region that cannot be reached by car.
This was confirmed by the Acting Deputy Director of Voter Education and Division Democracy Building in the ECN, Merlyn Katjitundu in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Tuesday.
“We have spoken with the Ministry of Defence for a helicopter and I should say that the response we got is positive,” she said.
The office of the Chief of Defence has confirmed receipt of the request from the ECN on 02 November.
“The Chief of Defence has been out of office for the past three weeks and will only be back on Monday and only then will the response to the request be known,” the secretary informed this agency in a telephonic conversation.
Voter education in Kunene will run from 16 to 20 November.
The ECN officer responsible for voter education in Kunene, Region Coordinator Santos Muhenje told Nampa people have migrated to inaccessible areas in search of grazing for their cattle with most of the affected constituencies being Epupa and Opuwo Rural.
“This has resulted in the ECN hunting for people to educate which is one of the biggest challenges we face as an institution in this region,” he said.
Sierra Cafema, Skeleton Coast Safari, Otjavaja, Ondjezu, Otjimborombonga, Owena, Eheke Ratjitindi, Otjiheke Tjangukutu, Okarora and Oroviheke/Orokawe are the places to be visited with the helicopter.
The Kunene, according to Muhenje, is equipped with four vehicles and 17 officials who are trained according to the needs of the region such as the languages spoken in the different corners of the region.
“These vehicles have a fuel tank capacity of 140 litres, but we have no choice but to carry extra fuel and also an extra spare wheel to ascertain that every Namibian receives voter education before any election,” Muhenje concluded.
Namibians will hit the polls on 27 November 2015 for the Regional Council and Local Authority elections and with not all political parties contesting in all regions and constituencies, and candidates thus being duly elected, the ECN has been able to suspend voter education in some areas and allocate resources to other areas, such as using a helicopter to reach some of the most remote areas of rural Namibia.