MANY Namibians are already preparing and some have already started to queue at the various polling stations in their respective towns to cast their votes in the Regional Council and Local Authority elections.
As lists of candidates and parties that will compete in the election were finalised, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Advocate Notemba Tjipueja said that all indications are that a particularly competitive election season can be expected.
“No Less than 18 political parties and 13 associations will be contesting in 121 constituencies and 57 local authority areas,” she said.
Advocate Tjipueja said a total number of 502 candidates, of which 92 are independent candidates, are all set to compete for positions on regional councils and local authority areas. She said the high number of independent candidates and associations were unexpected.
Advocate Tjipueja said that in general, the campaigning for the election occurred ina peaceful and calm atmosphere across the country
“No serious incidents or acts of violence have been reported to the ECN,” she said.
Meanwhile, some South African-owned companies have given notice to their employees to report to work while the rest of Namibia’s workers will have the day off to cast their votes.
This after President Hage Geingob declared November 25th as a national holiday to enable Namibians to cast their votes in the Regional Council and Local Authority elections.
Oshana Regional Governor, Elia Irimari, expressed his disappointment over companies that ordered employees to report for work on Election Day.
Irimari stated that all institutions in Namibia should respect the laws set up by the government.
“Money sometimes should come second and national interest should be put first,” he said.
Irimari stated that he does not want to hear about cases whereby people later complain that they haven’t been given a chance to go cast their vote.
The regional governor also pointed out that bars and clubs were ordered to remain closed while elections are continuing.