A TOTAL absence of political intimidation in the Northern constituencies with rising election fever is the first victory for a growing Namibian democratic culture.
For the first time since the 1989 UN supervised elections the walls around so-called no-go- areas fell with all contesting political parties and candidates employing different political strategies which range from door-to-door visits, road shows and mass rallies.
In Oshikuku the Founding Father of Swapo and Namibia threw his weight behind Namibia’s third President and Chairman of Constituent Assembly, Dr. Hage Geingob and appealed to supporters to remain united behind the Swapo Party.
Campaigning for the Presidential and National Assembly elections kicked into high gear in the northern regions this weekend when political heavyweights addressed big crowds of supporters and sympathizers at various towns.
Swapo presidential candidate Hage Geingob is the keynote speaker at a star rally at Oshakati later this afternoon.
Swapo’s star rally at Oshakati coincides with the opposition PDM’s star rally at Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region where the party’s presidential candidate McHenry Venaani is the keynote speaker.
Meanwhile, independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula has completed the first leg of his northern road show that started at Tsumeb earlier in the week.
The road show stopped to interact with supporters at various localities in the Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati and Ohangwena regions before Itula addressed a rally at Helao Nafidi Saturday afternoon.
Itula is promising to restore the dignity of Namibian citizens by rooting out corruption and by fulfilling the unfulfilled promises of the past 29 years.
The intensity of the campaign is such that representatives of participating parties and candidates are holding small meetings under every other tree in the informal settlements and in the rural villages. Many vehicles and houses are adorned with party flags and candidates’ posters, while the so-called foot soldiers continue to crisscross the area canvassing support for their respective parties and presidential candidates.
However, the most noteworthy aspect of the current campaign is the near total absence of intimidation that characterized previous elections campaigns.
Namibians will go to the polls on the 27th of this month to elect a new president and members of the upper house of parliament.
The only bump in the road is a video of the corruption convicted former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa removing an Landless People’s Movement sticker from a car somewhere at a rally which is a contravention of the code of conduct that was recently signed.
Hanse-Himarwa was videotaped while she and her hangers on unsuccessfully tried to set fire to the sticker and replace the LPM sticker with a Swapo Party sticker.
She is lowly placed on the Swapo Parliamentary list after she did not make it during the recent elective congress.