Nudo holds electoral college

02 Sep 2019 17:21pm
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has concluded its electoral college, an exercise which sees political parties select their 96 candidates for possible seats in the National Assembly.
The event, which was described by Utjiua Muinjangue, the party’s president as a resounding success, took place at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek on Saturday.
In an interview with Nampa late Saturday, Muinjangue said it is now all systems go for Nudo.
“The electoral college was beyond our expectations. The most important thing is that it took place and we finalised our list so we are just waiting for the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to say political parties must start submitting their list,” Muinjangue said.
On whether or not she was satisfied with those who made it to the list in terms of competency, age and other demographics such as gender parity, Muinjangue said: “It’s not a question of whether I am happy or not; it is the participants that made the decision. Nudo is a democratic party and that’s why you have the electoral college. Otherwise, I could have sat at my house and compiled the list myself, but we had the electoral college and the membership spoke and selected the right candidates to go to Parliament.”
Apart from the top three positions that were already taken up prior to the exercise, the remaining 93 were up for grabs.
“In the top five, we have two women and three men. That is a good start. I don’t know what you mean by young or old. Even in the top 10 we have three or four women. The list is diverse. I know people always say Nudo is a tribal party (an Ovaherero party) but I know that we have people from other communities,” she said.
Further, Muinjangue said the party’s manifesto for this year’s election is nearing completion.
“We are moving towards finalising it. We have a skeleton (a draft) and we are about to finalise it as we want to launch it during the course of this month,” she said.
The manifesto is expected to try and convince Namibians that Nudo and Muinjangue are the right party and candidate to be entrusted with the governance of the country beyond 21 March 2020.
Namibia’s national elections are set for November this year.
Nudo’s top 10 candidates for the National Assembly seats are:
1. Utjiua Muinjangue
2. Joseph Kauandenge
3. Peter Kazongominja
4. Uahimisa Kaapehi
5. Vetondisa Tjijenda
6. Kapukatua Kuvare
7. Vincent Kahua
8. Wilson Katjita
9. Kavendjii Tjahuha
10. Fanuel Haukambe