PDM to launch election manifesto end September

08 Sep 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) is set to launch its election manifesto under the theme ‘Strategy Namibia’ at the end of September, its president McHenry Venaani announced on Saturday.
Opening his party’s central committee meeting here, Venaani explained that the manifesto will be a social contract between the party and all Namibians which will address burning issues the country is facing.
“The document reflects values, strategies and ethos that PDM will deploy in the fight to push back the increasing poverty and bring prosperity to our people,” he highlighted.
It will focus on the education sector that speaks to the labour needs, agriculture, and modernisation as well as decreasing the size of the government, he said.
The manifesto, Venaani continued saying is set to detail a plan on reforming the administrative centre of the Ombudsman and the Anti-Corruption Commission to allow the two entities to have prosecuting powers and more budgetary allocations for additional transparency in the country.
The PDM president further reported back to the committee that it formed a coalition with the United People’s Movement, who has a seat at the national level.
Venaani also gave assurance that the party will continue to make calls to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in order to address their concerns especially on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
“We have for the past months been urging the ECN to change its rules so that it allows political parties to be present at centres when tallying the results of elections and the use of EVMs in its present form. We have been communicating with ECN to take note of the Act that states that the EVMs must produce a verifiable paper trail,” he noted.
Venaani reminded the central committee members that the party was established to serve the people of Namibia, and as they head to the polls to continue to campaign over the next three months before the national elections.