ECN officials dismissed for campaigning

24 November 2020 | Politics

ESTER KAMATI

OTJIWARONGO



Three polling officials at Otjiwarongo were dismissed on Saturday for shouting Swapo slogans. They were later reinstated.

This was confirmed by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) returning officer for Otjiwarongo, Elifas Ndipulalye. Ndipulalye said the ECN Act forbids participation of polling officials and commission employees in any type of campaigning, as well as dressing in party colours. The three officials – two women and a man - were said to have shouted Swapo slogans at the ECN training venue at Otjiwarongo.

They were all aware of the ECN rules against campaigning for any political party.

They were immediately reprimanded and dismissed. They were reinstated about three hours later with a stern warning. The two women returned on the same day while the man resumed duties yesterday. According to Ndipulalye, election officials are not even allowed to celebrate publicly when their party wins.

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