THE Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is pleading with political parties to run peaceful campaigns in the lead up to the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The incident over the past weekend where police had to use minimum force to disperse an unruly crowd of supporters of various political parties has created the concern that the peaceful and stable conditions under which election campaigns have been conducted might be under threat.
Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, the Executive Director of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology said the Government of Namibia has noted with concern the manner in which some ongoing campaigns for the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly Elections are being conducted.
“These campaigns are conducted in such a way that could potentially incite violence. As a nation, Namibians are peaceful people and it is imperative to note that election campaigns are battles of ideas not platforms to create enemies,” Ua-Ndjarakana said in a statement.
He said the government would like to encourage members of the public as well as leaders of political parties to campaign in a peaceful manner.
“Additionally, the government would like to urge all Naibians to desist from provocative behaviour that may lead to the destabilization of peace and stability in the Namibian House. We have only one common heritage and that is Namibia.”
Ua-Ndjarakana said Namibian should jealously guard their hard earned peace and stability and let the country remain the treasure for all the people at all times.
He added that the government is appealing to all registered voters to go all out to exercise their democratic rights by voting for the party and the candidate of their choice.