ECN Omaheke strengthens voter education

14 Jan 2014 18:50pm
GOBABIS, 14 JAN (NAMPA) - The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in the Omaheke Region will intensify its voter education and information campaigns to ensure that eligible voters turn up to register during the registration period.
The regional voter education officer in the Omaheke Region, Sam Matundu Tjizoo told Nampa on Tuesday - the eve of the start of voter registration - that ongoing voter education campaigns will continue to ensure would-be voters are well prepared.
Namibians will go to the polls towards the end of this year to elect a new President to succeed incumbent Hifikepunye Pohamba, whose tenure at the helm of the State will lapse in March 2015.
General elections will also be held during the same period to elect members of the National Assembly, and Regional and Local Authority councillors.
All eligible voters who intend to cast their votes during that period will be registering as voters from Wednesday until 02 March 2014.
Tjizoo said his team in the Omaheke Region had made use of community platforms such as community meetings to disseminate vital information on the registration period and the elections.
“We started with this campaign some two weeks ago. We visited various rural and peri-urban settings within the Omaheke Region. Our main focus was the registration period in which we are in now. Members of the public were informed about what they need to take with them to registration centres, and all their questions regarding this process were also attended to,” he said.
Tjizoo urged Omaheke residents to turn up in numbers at registration points, in order to make sure they are eligible to cast their votes at the end of the year.
“This is the time when you, as citizens of this country, can exercise your democratic right to vote. As such, do register as a voter during the period provided for this purpose,” he said.
Further voter education campaigns during the registration period will be held in Witvlei, Gobabis, Epukiro and Talismanus from 21 to 24 January 2014.