ECN team conducts road shows in the North

13 Jan 2014 12:50pm
OSHAKATI, 13 JAN (NAMPA) – A team of voters’ education officers from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is currently engaged in voters’ education road shows in the northern regions of Namibia.
Head of the team, Gustaf Tomanga, told Nampa in an interview at Oshakati on Monday that his team started with the road shows at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday last week.
He said the team has already taken the road show to the settlements of Okongo (Thursday), Omafo (Friday), Ongha (Saturday) and Omungwelume (Sunday).
All these settlements are in the Ohangwena Region.
The team started with its road shows at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Monday, and it will proceed to the Omusati Region.
“Our road show activities will end in the Oshikoto Region on the 25th of this month, but the normal voters’ education process will continue,” Tomanga said.
The road shows are aimed at sensitising the communities on the registration of voters that is due to kick off countrywide on Wednesday this week in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections taking place in the country later this year.
Tomanga said the road shows avail good opportunities for members of the community to ask ECN officials for information related to the registration of voters and their rights to participate in the elections.
“We involve in our road shows the regional governors, councillors, political parties and traditional leaders as our key stakeholders,” explained Tomanga, who is also the ECN Senior Information Officer.
He added that religious leaders are also invited to the road shows with the purpose of equipping them with the necessary information they would convey to members of their congregations.
“We are also involving the local people with disabilities and young people in our teams, so that they would motivate their counterparts to register as voters and to participate in the elections like other Namibians,” Tomanga pointed out.
The teams include Sign Language interpreters to translate for hearing-impaired people during the road shows.