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Youth participation in by-election poor

Youth participation in by-election poor

Maria David
THE elderly dominated the turnout in the Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election currently underway with the youth only showing up in a small numbers, despite a widely held sentiment that Namibian political sphere excludes young politicians.
The preceding officer of Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) at Gwashamba Mall, Erick Ankama disclosed that 120 people voted at his polling station and it recorded only a very few young voters as of midday.
“Despite the election going smoothly, only middle aged and elderly people are participating in the election, with less youth interested,” said Ankama.
ECN coordinator for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election, Rauna Nkandi told the media that the election started at slow pace Saturday morning, causing doubts that all 16 000 registered voters are going to participate.
Nkandi confirmed that only 1 377 people have cast their votes before midday. The voting process is taking place at 18 fixed polling stations and three mobile stations.
Besides the ruling Swapo Party three other parties ,the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), the All People’s Party (APP), the Congress of Democrats (CoD) and an independent candidate, Angeline Immanuel are contesting for the vacant urban constituency councillor position.
The Ondangwa Urban Constituency became vacant after former councillor, Elia Ilimari, was appointed as the new governor of the Oshana Region in March this year.

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