ECN to face a tough time as budget runs drastically low...while political parties bag N$91 million
April 15, 2018, 5:52pm
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will find the going getting tough ahead of national elections as its budget has been dealt a severe blow.
The proposed ceiling for the 2018/19 financial year has been cut from N$106 million to only N$68 million, implying that its budget has been reduced by N$38 million while the entire capital project budget was cut to zero.
From the paltry N$68 million, an amount of N$51 million has been put to personnel expenses for in-house staff while non-personnel expenses have been reduced to a measly N$17 million.
Speaker of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi, last week raised the red card over the ability of the ECN to fulfill its mandate, “Usually such an amount of N$17 million under normal circumstances is merely for one division in the ECN and not for the whole agency.”
He said that this implies that the N$17 million shall be distributed amongst all divisions of the vote counting body.
Katjavivi has made his emotions clear and told parliament that the entire operations of the ECN will be greatly challenged during 2018/19.
Budget break down.
The ECN’s allocation goes to two main programs, policy coordination and support services and an amount of N$13 million has been allocated for contingency provisions for by-elections