ECN’s Mujoro rebuts Venaani’s claims

27 Sep 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, Theo Mujoro says he is optimistic about having a good voter turnout in the National Assembly and Presidential elections slated for 27 November.
He said this in response to a comment made by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani that the ECN has not been actively publicising the elections.
Venaani at a media event for the PDM’s manifesto here on Wednesday said the ECN is hoping for a low voter turnout in order to ensure victory for the ruling party, Swapo.
Asked to respond to the allegations made by Venaani, Mujoro said he has heard similar utterances from other political leaders and leaders of civil society organisations.
Mujoro added that he is not singling out Venaani but at the end of the day voter education is not the sole responsibility of the ECN as a government agency.
He said political parties also have a duty to be actively involved in civic engagement and ensuring citizens partake in the elections.
The ECN chief said the commission will be rolling out an intensive voter education campaign in the coming few days and urged all stakeholders to encourage voters to participate in the elections.
He said the July 2019 supplementary voter registration process is clear testimony of the ECN’s efforts in reaching out to potential voters in order to ensure their participation in the democratic process.