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Swapo Electoral College

Swapo Electoral College

THE wildest of political imaginations fuelled by a rising election temperature cannot treat the Swapo Electoral College as just an internal party matter.
Simply because of the sheer weight of the Swapo 80% votes in Namibian politics and representation in government and state agencies.
There is too much at stake for Namibia in the worst drought in recorded history, economic adversity and a Southern Africa neighbourhood who seems to lose its democratic balance to still play political musical chairs.
The next two days will tell its own Swapo story of accountability, reckoning, maturing democracy and nationhood, because Namibia cannot be what Swapo with its 80% majority is not.
It will also give a glimpse into the after Geingob-agenda that is fuelled by more social media platforms than supporters.
It is not unreasonable to expect that those delegates who serves the party will elect Namibians who will be servants to the people.
What Namibians can reasonably expect from the Electoral College is that those candidates that have proven themselves as divisive and who entitled themselves at last find the courage to serve the President and the Namibian Nation by not making themselves available for election or run the risk of rejection in November.

Namibians can also reasonably expect that Swapo will pick a team who will assist the President in his second term to effect the transformation of governance and society without looking over his shoulder for the political knives in his back.
The Swapo Electoral College is not the place where 80% of Namibian voters, through their representatives, settle tribal and factional scores, but set Namibia on the road to its destiny as one of the few societies who thrive in adversity and face challenges in unity.
Namibia can lead from the front to serve as a worthwhile example and challenge for others to follow because unity is the road to stability and stability is the mother of development in the nation interest and the common good.
Namibia has a proud record of tolerance for the minorities of the radical right and radical left, where the common sense of the silent majority and common sense always prevails.
The culture of give-and-take since independence makes a two-thirds majority for Swapo obsolete and it is a ghost that opponents take out of the wardrobe to scare voters.
The facts is that Swapo does not need a two-thirds majority, because it never used the one it had even when the party and previous presidents were under the temptation to do so.
It started and developed a political culture of delegates to be citizens first and ambitious second. The Electoral College should confirm the tradition.
Namibians will judge the list by the sense to serve and will make their own decisions in the November Parliamentary elections.

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