Elections

 

ECN completes public interviews, presentations for candidates

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The independence of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, the increasing regional presence, and responsive ICT management in the electoral processes are among the priorities of the four shortlisted candidates for the position of Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer.

The shortlisted candidates, drawn from Namibia's legal and academic fields, all underwent psychometric testing before the public interview process.

Each of the candidates outlined their vision for the electoral body based on the different topics given to them by ECN Commissioners.

ECN to interview shortlisted candidates

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The Electoral Commission of Namibia's Head Office on Van Rhijn Street in the capital will be a hive of activity tomorrow as five shortlisted candidates will be publicly interviewed for the position of Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer.

This is the second time in ECN history that public interviews will take place for this position. The first was in 2018, when now-outgoing Theo Mujoro, whose term ends in August, was selected.

ECN confirms candidates for Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer

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The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has confirmed the shortlisting of five candidates for the position of Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer.

The Commission's Manager for Corporate Communications and Marketing, Siluka De Wet, announced the ECN received 12 applications.

The ECN had strongly encouraged women to apply, but according to De Wet, only one applicant was a woman who did not meet the requirements.

Vincent Saztia, Petrus Shaama, Helmuth !Naweseb, Oscar Muyatwa, and Michael Tjivikua will undergo interviews on Friday, June 30.

Political parties in Keetmanshoop by-election unhappy 

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Political parties contesting the upcoming Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency by-election have expressed dissatisfaction after the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) issued a media statement announcing the issuance of duplicate voter cards for residents on the eve of the elections.

In a media statement, ECN announced that the issuance of duplicate voter cards to registered voters is in accordance with Section 35 of Electoral Act No. 5 of 2014.

ECN Accused of Handling Election Material Without Party Officials

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Members of the Landless Peoples' Movement (LPM) stormed into the Keetmanshoop Police Station last night after one of their members alerted them that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) officials were allegedly offloading sensitive election material without the presence of party officials.

 

They claimed the move was compromising the fair outcome of the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency election scheduled for Monday.

 

ECN to conduct various surveys on voter apathy and low voter turnout

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The Electoral Commission of Namibia will conduct surveys to determine factors that contribute to voter apathy and low voter turnout in electoral processes. 

This was highlighted during the motivation of the budgetary allocation of the Electoral Commission of Namibia.

In his motivation, the National Assembly Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi said voter apathy and low voter turnout have been eminently evident during the period of 1998 - 2020 in respect of the Regional Council and Local Authority elections, by-elections as well as national elections.

Okaku Constituency ready for elections

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Okaku Constituency residents will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new councilor of their choice to fill the vacant post left by the late Gerson Hanu Kapenda, who died last year.

The nbc News team took to the streets of Okaku to gauge the voter's expectations.

The youth we spoke to said they were voting for job opportunities to be availed in the constituency.

They said gone are the days when they put regional councilors in office who later turned a blind eye to the electorates.

Okaku prepares for by elections slated for the 17th March

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Preparations are in full swing for the Okaku Constituency by-election on the 17th of next month.

Supplementary registration of voters has been completed, and the final voter register was published this month.

There are now 10,920 registered voters.

A voter education campaign as well as the nomination of party candidates have also concluded.

New political party, "Body of Christ," registers with ECN

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A new political party, "Body of Christ," has registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia.

The party's leader, Bishop Festus Thomas, says his movement is about respecting and upholding biblical principles while also focusing on the family unit and traditional Namibian and African values.

Even though the Body of Christ was established five years ago in Ondangwa, the party was only now registering because it had to meet the requirements of the electoral act.