Elections outcome nothing to celebrate: RDP

02 Dec 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) feels there is nothing to celebrate following the outcome of the 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections that ended Friday.
A media statement issued on Wednesday by the party's Secretary for Information and Publicity, Nghiningilwandubo Kashume said the outcome of the elections has far reaching implications for democracy and the future of the country.
“Regrettably, the outcome of the elections, as it is, would undoubtedly facilitate the perpetuation of lack of accountability, corruption, discrimination, wanton wastage of scarce public resources, and patronage,” he stated.
Kashume said it is unfortunate that the Namibian public is repeatedly made to accept that they have voted and mandated the ruling party to treat them the way they have been treated over the past 25 years.
“This was done with utter disdain while living in shacks; being subjected to poor health care; suffering under a dysfunctional education system; swimming in the ocean of poverty; and eking out a living from dump sites across the country.”
He added that the RDP is on record subscribing to the value of a multi-party democracy, not only in form but in substance.
“The outcome of the recent elections is pointing in the opposite direction of democracy, that of a one-party state as clearly demonstrated by the second chamber composition of only one party,” he said.
The RDP spokesperson said the result is the outcome of the synchronised use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) without a verifiable paper audit trail that is “set to produce and determine 80 per cent or more for the Swapo party and 20 per cent for alternative political parties”.