Swapo in //Karas ready for electoral college
The Swapo Party structures in the //Karas Region are well organised and are only waiting for the party’s electoral college, or ‘pot’ as it is known among members, to elect 72 candidates for the National Assembly. The National Assembly and presidential elections are scheduled for this year and Swapo Party’s regional co-ordinator for the //Karas Region, Mathew Mumbala, declared that his region is ready for the elections. A date has not yet been set for the Swapo electoral college. “//Karas is ready. The party has already elected Comrade Hage Geingob as its presidential candidate at the 2012 congress and we are waiting on the electoral college to elect candidates for the parliament lists,” Mumbala said in an interview with Namibian Sun. Regarding the presidential candidate, he said the instructions from the 2012 party congress are very clear. “No one doubts that as long as he or is she is a Swapo member,” he said. He further said Swapo wants to capture all 72 parliamentary seats for its candidates. The ‘pot’ will consist of the current members of parliament, members of the Swapo Central Committee as well as representatives of the party structures in all the regions. According to Mumbala, Swapo in the //Karas Region is well organised and ready for elections, but party primary elections to choose candidates for next year’s regional and local authority polls are still a long way off. Meanwhile, the party’s Hardap regional co-ordinator, Reverend Stephanus Tiboth, says campaigning has not yet started but he has requested activity reports from the party district co-ordinators from which they will compile plan of action for the campaign. He expressed confidence that the party will do well in his region. He urged party members to refrain from infighting to achieve the bigger objective of unity and thereby ensuring a landslide victory.