Date of Elections Endorsed

THE date of 28 November for the Presidential and National Assembly elections has been endorsed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, sources say.

The Namibian has it on good authority that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) had suggested a few dates to State House on which the national elections could take place, one of them being 28 November 2014, and that the President had endorsed this date shortly before leaving for the United States to attend the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly last week.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Hage Geingob also let the cat out of the bag while he was addressing a well-attended Swapo rally in Walvis Bay when he made reference to what many concluded is the day of the elections. “On 28 November, you must not disappoint us. We know you never disappoint us, so come out in numbers and vote,” Geingob told the crowd of supporters.

ECN’s Director of Operations, Theo Mujoro yesterday said that the Commission will release a formal statement later today regarding the date of the elections although he was not clear if the ECN was to formally announce the date. Mujoro said, “We are still awaiting a formal proclamation on the date as we do not want to keep the nation waiting for too long.”

Opposition parties such as the DTA of Namibia and Nudo,as well as some members of the public, last week demanded that the date of the elections be announced.

The Electoral Bill states that the election of the President should take place on a date not earlier than five months and not later than three months prior to the date on which the term of office of the President expires as contemplated in Article 29 (1) (a) of the Namibian Constitution.

The Bill also states that the election of members of the National Assembly should take place on a date not earlier than five months and not later than three months prior to the date on which the term of office of members expires as contemplated in Article 50 of the Namibian Constitution.

Source : The Namibian

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