Eligible voters urged to register

20 August 2020 | Politics

NAMPA

KEETMANSHOOP

Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) //Karas regional coordinator, Augustinus Ucham, has urged all eligible voters who do not have voter cards to register during the upcoming supplementary registration process.

The supplementary registration of voters will take place from 7 to 15 September.

Speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholder meeting, Ucham said those who have turned 18 since the last registration, those who have changed constituencies and those who have never registered before should make sure they register during the supplementary period.

“Those who got married and changed their surnames can also register. My plea is that people must come in big numbers, because the registration process is very important, as it is this process that will allow you to vote at the end of the day,” he said.

Namibians go to the polls in November for the regional and local authority elections.

Covid-19 protocols

In terms of the Covid-19 health protocols, Ucham said ECN officials will be trained by health officials on how to put in place all health protocols for the safety of those who come for registration and also for the voters during the voting process.

Speaking at the meeting, //Karas governor Aletha Frederick said despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the democratic system must facilitate the processes that enable citizens to participate in elections that are free and fair.

“This process normally commences with the registration of all eligible voters. A country that has embraced and adopted democratic governance will only be able to function through elections that give people the right to select their government,” she said.

Frederick added that free and fair elections are the foundation of every healthy democracy.

“But it is very important that the electorate has confidence that their elections are truly free and fair, beyond all critical processes that conclude on polling day,” she said.

The information session was attended by representatives of political parties and regional heads of ministries, among others.

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