DTA worried about voter apathy

29 Nov 2015 20:40pm
OPUWO, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – The president of the DTA of Namibia has expressed concern that while the just-concluded 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections went well, the electronic voting machines were slow at some polling stations and voter apathy is evident.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, two days after polls closed, McHenry Venaani said he is overall satisfied with the elections, as his party had increased local authority representation.
“We have over 44 councillors countrywide comparing to the 15 we had before.”
According to him, the political battle in the Kunene Region was a hard one, but he is happy that the DTA won the newly-demarcated constituency of Opuwo Rural while maintaining dominance over the Epupa Constituency.
“Although we lost the Opuwo Urban Constituency, we have raised our numbers and I am happy to say we narrowed the gap between the DTA and Swapo.”
Venaani however expressed concern about voter apathy which he attributed to the lack of political trust in the leadership, as well as long campaigns of elections that are too close to each other.
The official opposition leader told Nampa that he is looking for ways to consult with other opposition parties to map out strategies on how to keep opposition politics alive in Namibia.
Nico Smith of the DTA also expressed concern over young people who have shown little interest in elections.
“We as politicians need to find out what keeps the youth from the polls,” Smith said.