ECN dismisses 'postponement' claims

08 September 2020 | Politics



The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has dismissed claims by Landless People's Movement (LPM) deputy leader Henny Seibeb that a secret plan is being hatched to postpone the November regional and local authority elections.

ECN chief electoral officer and referenda officer, Theo Mujoro, dismissed the claims, saying there is no such plan.

According to him, the supplementary registration of voters (SRV) process is in full swing, and 98 youth ambassadors have been recruited to reach out and mobilise young voters, educating them about the importance of voting.

“We are very happy with the way things are going on the first day of the SRV process. We are completely focused on delivering credible elections on 25 November and all our plans remain on fully course,” Mujoro said yesterday.

The ECN also said it has been on the ground intensifying voter education in 121 constituencies to ensure that all eligible voters understand the voting process.

Seibeb adamant

Seibeb, who represents the LPM in parliament, said yesterday during a media conference that the ECN should have a stakeholder meeting before they decide to postpone the polls.

He claimed the postponement was geared towards allowing Swapo an opportunity to mobilise voters in areas where it has lost traction, including in the Erongo, Khomas, //Karas, Omaheke, Kunene and Hardap regions.

“So the plan is to postpone the elections. That is why I think the ECN is also lacklustre. Perhaps [Theo] Mujoro can tell us more. I think it is allowed in law... So that they [Swapo] can prepare themselves very well. We are saying, 'look, do not do these things in secret',” he said.

According to him, ECN has done very little voter education, which is an indication of its plan to delay the polls.

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