Swapo’s 50-50 gender representation reaches Oranjemund

20 Oct 2013 14:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 20 OCT (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party District office at Oranjemund became the second office to implement the party’s 50-50 gender representation in the //Karas Region, following election of new office-bearers on Saturday.
“The election was free and fair. There are no complaints from the members.
A total of 23 delegates attended the district conference to oversee and witness the election,” Swapo coordinator for //Karas, Matheus Mumbala told Nampa on Sunday.
Under the amended party constitution which came into force on 26 August this year, all party structures must comply with the 50/50 gender representation by adopting the 'zebra style' electoral system.
Swapo’s District office at Lüderitz was the first in the region and country to implement the amended party constitution when it elected new members earlier last month.
Mumbala said the three new office-bearers are District Coordinator Maria Aluvilu, Information and Mobilisation Officer Abraham Christiaan and Treasurer Lena Shishitomunhu.
Previously, all three positions were occupied by men.
Swapo District offices only have three members on its structures.
Aluvilu took over from Silas Shituula in a contest which saw Shituula scoring 11 votes and Aluvilu 12 votes.
Oranjemund mayor Henry Coetzee and former information and mobilisation officer was replaced by Christiaan, while Toivo Awala was replaced by Shishitomunhu as the new treasurer.
Coetzee did not stand for re-election, and the position was contested by Shituula and Christiaan.
In her speech as presented by Mumbala, former Swapo Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana says women are more than half of Namibia’s population and more than 52 per cent of voters, yet they hold fewer elected positions in Government than men.
She noted that the amended Swapo-Party Constitution aims to fill the gap between men and woman in positions of power in the country.
“Political mobilisation is the main strategic tool that enables us to gain political insights in the affairs of our party and its political programme.
That is why it is important that district conferences be held in all our regions per the stipulation of the party’s constitution. We must continue to mobilise our people to be pro-active at all levels of our party structures,” Iivula-Ithana encouraged.
She also emphasised the importance of early preparation for next year’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections in terms of having the correct and necessary documentation and ensuring that Swapo members are all paid up.
“Running around at the last minute should be avoided by pre-planning and making time for such arrangements,” she said.