16 Sep 2013 07:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 SEP (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party District office in Lüderitz became the first in the country to implement the newly-amended Swapo-Party Constitution when it elected new members on Sunday.
Under the new constitution which came into force on 26 August this year, all party structures are compelled to comply with the 50/50 gender representation by adopting the zebra style electoral system.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, party coordinator for the //Karas Region Matheus Mumbala said the ordinary district conference at Lüderitz conducted the election for three new office-bearers for that office.
Former district coordinator Willem Gumede was replaced by Helaria Mukapuli. Johanna Kadhikwa contested the position too, but lost out to Mukapuli.
!Nami#Nus Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz took over from Michael Kadhikwa as the new information and mobilisation officer for the district.
Lüderitz Mayor Suzan Ndjaleka was re-elected as treasurer.
Ndjaleka defeated Shipola Shihepo and Lydia Martin to keep her position.
The election was conducted according to the new Swapo-Party Constitution and all comrade members are in support of the results. The newly elected members will now serve for four years instead of the three years served before the constitution was amended, Mumbala said.
The amendments were passed by the Extra-Ordinary Congress, which was held in Swakopmund in June, and affect all party structures - from sections, branches, district and regional level up to national level and the upper structures of the party, including the top four positions.
The top four positions in Swapo are the party President, Vice-President, Secretary General, and Deputy Secretary-General.
The actual implementation of the amended constitution at national level will take place at the next Swapo-Party Congress in 2017 when the partys Central Committee and Politburo are also expected to make 50-50 representation.