Community Focus on Elections programme launched

28 Jun 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) – The Namibia Community Broadcasters Network on Friday launched its ‘Community Focus on Elections’ programme, which will see community radio stations educating the public on the importance of taking part in elections.
The launch was attended by various community radio presenters from all over the country, and the project is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the European Union (EU).
NCBN board chairperson, Levi Katire, at the launch said they have come up with a strategy to encourage communities to register to be eligible voters and teach them the importance of voting.
This will be done through different community radio stations that especially cater to people in rural areas.
He said they will also make use of social media to reach young people since it is a powerful tool to use to reach the youth.
“These community radios will give a chance to community members to air their voices and tell the leaders of this country what they want after they voted for them. We will also stream live on social media to get to the youth since it is their future that is at stake here,” said Katire.
At the same occasion, the Press Officer of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia, Susan-Marie Lewis said the right to vote is one of the most important freedoms an individual can have.
“In this regard, access to accurate and quality information for voters cannot be overemphasised. The need for voter education has been stressed at various platforms in Namibia and a lot of effort is already being done in this regard by ECN and other stakeholders. The EU is therefore happy to complete these actions with the aim of empowering community reporters and citizens,” said Lewis.
She added that in Namibia, radio plays a pivotal role in creating awareness by informing and educating audiences.