PDM gives name change notice to ECN

06 Nov 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 NOV (NAMPA) – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) political party on Monday handed over a notice to the Electoral Commission of Namibia for its name change from the DTA of Namibia.
The official opposition unveiled its new name and rebranded image here on Saturday.
In its notice, the PDM explained its new distinctive symbol – a hand signalling the peace sign with the distinctive blue, red and white colours of the party running parallel from the front base of the hand and curving towards the back.
Explaining the name change, PDM President McHenry Venaani said on Saturday “popular” means something for the people by the people, while “democratic” means the party has fought for and is amongst the founders of Namibian democracy.
“Movement” means the party and the Namibian people are constantly evolving, is alive and not static, he said.
The written notice was done in accordance with Section 138(1) of the Electoral Act (5 of 2014).
The section states that the Chief Electoral Officer “must publish or cause to be published by notice in the Gazette the intended changed name, abbreviated name or distinctive symbol and call upon registered political parties to make objections”.
A registered political party may lodge within 30 days from the date of publication of the notice an objection to the Commission to any particular contained therein.
“When an objection is lodged, the Commission must make within 14 days of receipt of the objection a determination thereon; and serve or cause to be served, as soon as reasonably possible, a notice of the determination upon the registered political party whose particulars have changed and against whom an objection has been lodged, as well as the registered political party who lodged the objection.”