Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for 27 November

17 May 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia will hold its seventh Presidential and National Assembly elections on 27 November.
This was announced by Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer Theo Mujoro at the launch of the 2019 Elections Voter and Civic Education Campaign here on Friday.
Mujoro said the counting of the votes will take place on 28 to 29 November followed by the immediate announcement of the results.
“We are hoping to be extremely quick this time around, Namibians can rest assured there will not be any delays in terms of the final release of the election results,” he added.
He explained that before the elections, there will be a supplementary voter’s registration process from 08 to 27 July 2019 in order to capture eligible Namibians who turned 18 years since August 2015.
The exercise will also allow voters who have moved from one constituency to another to register and to replace lost voter cards.
Mujoro further said the public will be informed timeously regarding the registration points through different media platforms.
The ECN expects all political parties to submit the names of their presidential candidates and party lists for the National Assembly by 18 October 2019, as well as independent candidates, he noted.
Supplementary registrations will be conducted for Namibians outside the country from 08 to 27 June at all Namibia’s head missions across the globe and for those working at sea, he further announced.
Mujoro said those outside Namibia and who work at sea will cast their votes on 13 November.
“We are prepared as the entity that is trusted with the process of elections. ECN will employ 13 000 election officials including regional coordinators and assistants, returning officers, presiding officers and polling officials amongst others,” he said.
The campaign is aimed at encouraging participation by all stakeholders in all electoral processes with the view to increase voter turnout, ensure a well-informed voter population and increase civic engagement and popularisation of elections especially amongst the youth, amongst others.