All employers both in private and public sector should allow workers time off to vote on Friday: Minister

WINDHOEK: All employers, both in the private and public sectors, should allow their workers time off to vote on Friday.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda said in a media statement issued yesterday that Government wishes to remind employers that voting is a constitutional right, and preventing people to vote is tantamount to disenfranchising the democratic rights of the voters.

His statement follows reports that some workers have been threatened by their employers with disciplinary action if they do not turn up for work on Friday, election day.

This is a criminal offence that is punishable by law.

Kaapanda said internal arrangements can be made to allow employees to go and cast their votes in shifts, if so required.

OTJIWARONGO: The Otjozondjupa police will provide maximum security to residents in the region on Election Day this Friday.

The Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo told Nampa yesterday that about 340 police officers will be deployed on Thursday morning to fixed and mobile polling stations in the region.

He said they are in proper readiness to police the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

Anghuwo urged members of all 16 political parties participating in the elections this year to refrain from any form of violence, as the police will not tolerate any bad behaviour during and after elections.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Co-ordinator, Friedrich Rugharo last Tuesday told this news agency that a total of 155 polling stations – 61 fixed and 94 mobile stations have been identified in the region.

Seven verification centres have also been identified in seven constituencies in the region.

A total of 930 trained ECN officials will work in the region.