THE Electoral Commission of Namibia has formally accredited the United States Embassy to observe the Presidential and National Assembly elections, along with other foreign missions, international organizations, and local organizations.
U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson and U.S. Embassy representatives will celebrate Namibia’s democratic traditions as accredited observers at the polls on November 27.
“Participating in the electoral observation mission is the U.S. Embassy’s way to show support for Namibia’s election and join Namibia in celebrating its commitment to participatory democracy,” said Ambassador Johnson.
As in the United States, election observation is an integral part of the electoral process, enhancing transparency and credibility. The U.S. Embassy was one of several foreign missions and organizations also accredited to observe Namibia’s 2014 elections.
Ambassador Johnson and other accredited observers attended a training session hosted by the Electoral Commission of Namibia on November 20 on the role of electoral observers.
As election observers the Ambassador and representatives from the U.S. Embassy will travel throughout Namibia on election day to observe polling stations.
According to a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy some of the observers will already start with their mission at 06:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning when polling stations will conduct a pre-opening check of voting procedures and will be present through polling stations’ closing and posting of results.
“I am grateful that we can play a helpful role in Namibia’s elections. As an American coming to a country with a strong democratic history like Namibia, observing an election is always inspiring,” said Ambassador Johnson.