CHAOS and mayhem this morning erupted between political parties and officials of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) after they failed to reach consensus over a 16 points ceremonial code of conduct for contesting political parties to abide by.
While Swapo and the National Democratic Party (NDP) signed the document that was made available to parties before the signing ceremony, the remaining 16 parties listed on the document, as well as independent candidate Dr Panduleni Itula, refused to sign, citing that they needed more time to familiarise themselves with the document.
The national elections is four weeks away.
“The PDM and the UPM will not sign that code of conduct and that is what Namibians must understand. We are not saying that code of conduct is negligible or not important in a democratic society, what we’re saying is that the process begins with us,” PDM’s Vipua Muharukua, from the official opposition, lamented.
A standoff between Swapo’s Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa and Itula erupted, with Itula saying that by signing the code of conduct, Shaningwa was “betraying” the Namibian people.
Shaningwa responded by saying she was delegated and mandated to represent the Swapo party and that Itula could do whatever he deemed important and relevant to him.