Few options for the voter

29 September 2020 | Opinion

With only two months left before the November regional and local authority elections, there seems to be limited political choices for the voter.

There remains a few distinct features and massive policy similarities between parties that are supposed to offer a buffet of choices.

Even the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) which professed to quench Namibians’ thirst for land, is now preaching compensation, the very model that Swapo is using currently.

So, why rob Peter to pay Paul in this vicious cycle of a dog chasing its own tail?

Without any distinct difference in policy and agenda, which would have been a festive treat for the voter, it is only fair to conclude that parties are all defined by their insatiable lust for power, for its own sake.

Yet it has become crystal clear that voters, even the semi-illiterate ones on whose ignorance the parties rode for years, no longer have appetite for old political mantras.

They are dying to hear issues being articulated boldly and with clarity of purpose.

There isn’t a party that can claim so far that it has implanted in the psyche of the voting masses real campaign issues, apart from the usual generic run-of-the-mill blabbering.

Namibian voters deserve better than this seasonal grand display of lack of innovation and blurred political objectives. Voter apathy, which has picked up greatly in recent years, is in part due to people simply refusing to validate a process that offers very few alternatives.

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