Swapo electoral college in full swing

07 Sep 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – The Swapo electoral college, an exercise that will elect the 96 candidates on the ruling party list for the National Assembly, is currently underway in the capital.
Known as the ‘pot’, the event was officially opened Saturday by the party leader, President Hage Geingob, who indicated that the ruling party was at a crossroads and advised those participating to vote for individuals based on merit.
He reminded Swapo’s current parliamentarians that retaining their positions was not guaranteed.
“If your records were good, people are going to send you back. If you were bad [underperformed], Swapo will deal with you,” he said.
After the opening and before the closed session which commenced at around 13h00, Nampa engaged some of the delegates about their expectations.
“It is my hope that at least 40 per cent of those who make it are young people. I also want to see each and every corner of our country represented. I dream of a rainbow parliament,” Oshikoto Region party coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu said.
Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa, who is also a candidate for the pot said: “I am a teacher by profession and I know that it is a task of others to evaluate me. I don’t like these things about self-praise. Let the people decide that. I did my part.”
Jennelly Matundu, a 37-year-old candidate from the Kunene Region said she has done enough to garner support from her comrades.
“This is unpredictable but I have done my best. When you move around, everyone is saying they will vote for you. But for regions like Kunene to develop, they must be represented in parliament and I am the right person to do that,” she said.
Another candidate is Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, who is not campaigning for support at the college.
“You cannot convince people in two days to vote for you. We had five years to do that. So based on our performance in the National Assembly, the delegates must decide,” he said.
Candidate Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said: “The voters must truly give the Namibian people a better choice of a Swapo Party member who is able to debate, read and decide on the best option for the service delivery of the country. Otherwise, if we just continue to vote for each other on the basis of friendship, then we are doing a disservice to our country.”
The actual voting was expected to commence around 15h00 on Saturday with the results expected to be announced during the early hours of Sunday morning.