DTA calls on Namibians to register for 2014 elections

13 Jan 2014 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JAN (NAMPA) - DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani has called on all Namibians to register to vote in the National Assembly and Presidential Elections scheduled for November this year.
The voter registration process begins countrywide on Wednesday, and will run until 01 March 2014.
“The DTA of Namibia is calling on Namibians to disregard President Hifikepunye Pohamba's message, because it is only political elite that does not regard accountability as an essential component of democracy that would call on the public to forgo their democratic right to vote,” Venaani said in a statement issued on Monday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Tsumeb-Katwitiwi road at Mpungu Vlei situated some 170 kilometres west of Rundu in December, Pohamba said eligible voters who are disgruntled with the current political leadership and planning to boycott the 2014 elections as a result, should stay home and should not vote in the elections.
The Office of the President has since sought to clarify Pohamba’s statement, saying in a democracy people are encouraged to vote but cannot be compelled to do so.
It said in a statement the president’s remarks were aimed at emphasising the importance of the right to vote and the importance of democracy in Namibian society.
Venaani said registering for and participating in an election is exactly the action to take when political leadership has failed to deliver on promises made.
He added that registering for and participating in the upcoming elections is the duty of every Namibian and the DTA therefore calls on all Namibians to “be part of the change needed” in the country.
Venaani noted that this is because a strong and thriving democracy relies largely on public participation, as well as the fact that voting allows the public an opportunity to bring about change in the political landscape.
“In fact, participating and voting in elections is the surest way to effect change when political leadership has failed in terms of service delivery and provision of basic services,” he said.