An active member of APP removed as a polling officer for elections tomorrow

RUNDU: An active member of the All People’s Party (APP) was this morning removed as a polling officer for the elections tomorrow.

Ben Wakudumo is number 20th on the APP’s list for possible National Assembly positions.

The Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Theo Mujoro confirmed Wakudumo’s removal as an election official to Nampa this afternoon.

The Electoral Act 5 of 2014 is silent on the issue of active political party members employed as polling officers.

Efforts to obtain comment from Wakudumo proved futile.

He was destined to work as a polling official in the Mashare Constituency in the Kavango East Region, and received training for that position earlier this week.

The region’s 852 polling officials are expected to be dispatched to 142 polling venues this afternoon to serve 72 264 registered voters.

The region has six constituencies – Mukwe, Ndiyona, Ndonga Linena, Mashare, Rundu Rural East and Rundu Urban.

WINDHOEK; President Hifikepunye Pohamba has given the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) the go-ahead to perform their duties without any restrictions in the country during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The president gave the go-ahead during the AUEOM delegation’s visit to State House yesterday.

Pohamba said he was happy that the African Union (AU) responded favourably to the Namibian Government’s invitation for a team to come and observe the elections.

He said they have made an appeal to all the contesting political parties that they should campaign peacefully so that they can guarantee of a successful election.

The head of the AU election observer mission to Namibia, Ambassador Fatuma Ndagiza told Pohamba that they are also happy that the government of Namibia has invited her team to be part of the observer mission for the elections.

She congratulated the Namibian Government for maintaining peace and stability since independence in 1990.

The African Union Election Observer Mission is in Namibia to take part in the observation of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

Voting takes place tomorrow.

SOURCE: NAMPA