Voters register out in the first week of September

01 Aug 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 AUG (NAMPA) – As required by the Electoral Act of 2014, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will publish a provisional voter register for public scrutiny, correction and input in the first week of September.
This was said by the ECN’s chief electoral officer, Theo Mujoro, in response to questions by Nampa in a recent interview that covered a host of issues regarding the electoral process following the conclusion of the supplementary voter registration.
“Right now we are preparing the provisional voter register. This register will be displayed for objections from 02 to 06 September 2019,” Mujoro confirmed.
Preliminary information from the ECN indicates that a little over 200 000 Namibians, inside Namibia and outside the country, registered during the supplementary voter registration period.
At present, the number of eligible voters stands at around 1.2 million.
The ECN is still receiving data from the field, which will then be consolidated into a comprehensive report.
Upon completion of this exercise, the report will be made public, bearing among other details the number of first-time registered voters; the number of those who applied for duplicates, either due to change in residential address or lost their voters cards, and other demographics.
Namibia’s National Assembly and Presidential Elections will take place on 27 November.
When asked how much time political parties or individuals who want to contest the elections have to register their parties or intentions with the commission, Mujoro said there is no time limit.
He was however quick to note that individuals or political parties that want to partake in the upcoming elections must take cognisance of their time to campaign, as well as the fact that they have to meet all of the ECN’s requirements in time.
The Act requires a political party to have at least 500 members in each region.
“Those calculations rest entirely on the party or the individual. But one must make sure they have time to campaign and meet the requirements as prescribed by law,” he stressed.
So far, the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is the only political formation to be registered with the ECN since the amendment of the Electoral Act.
A group calling itself People Organised Working for Economic Reality (POWER) has also indicated its intention to register as the latest political party.
Meanwhile, Swapo’s Dr Panduleni Iitula is the only individual to have come out to indicate his intentions to run as an independent presidential candidate.