ECN recruits 94 youth as election ambassadors

04 Jul 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has recruited 94 youth ambassadors to reach out to other youth in order to educate them about the importance of registering as voters and encourage them to participate in electoral activities.
This was said by its chairperson, Advocate Notemba Tjipueja at a media briefing here on Thursday.
She explained that the recruitment is part of the specific programmes devised to ensure inclusiveness through special campaigns, particularly in the young population.
Voter’s education and civic education are core functions and the legal mandate of the ECN and a tool for strengthening participatory democracy, she said.
Tjipueja also said the ECN will continue to engage the public and disseminate accurate information on voters’ registration and election related activities in order to encourage registration as voters and participation in elections.
“Furthermore, the ECN is implementing a communication strategy which includes almost all types of media depending on the target group,” she said.
For the forthcoming national election process, the ECN has embarked on a broad based multi-sectoral collaboration effort to ensure that the public is well educated on election matters, added Tjipueja.
It teamed up with the Namibia Institute of Democracy, Hanns Seidel Foundation and Namibia Media Holdings to work on a voter and civic education newspaper insert titled ‘Refresh your Election Knowledge’.
This insert contains essential information to guide the electorate in understanding the electoral processes and the rights and responsibilities of the citizens concerning election, she said.