Development is not just construction of skyscrapers, roads: ECN

RUNDU: Open democratic societies have a better chance at equitable development with respect for human rights than authoritarian systems, the Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Professor Paul Isaak has said.

Delivering a public lecture on the Importance of democracy and electoral integrity in Africa, and particularly in Namibia, as a tool to enhance good governance, Isaak said the motto of the ECN is to enable people through elections to exercise their voice and to demand for development.

The lecture was part of the celebration of the Africa Public Service Day (APSD) being held from 23 to 26 June at Rundu.

This development, according to the ECN director, is that of ensuring that those who are hungry have food while those without proper and affordable housing have homes, clinics and good education infrastructure, which are basic human needs.

He said in many African countries where there is conflict, there are no developments, but that is not the same situation in Namibia, where peace and stability has been maintained since Independence in 1990.

Isaak thus appealed to public servants to sharpen their commitment to improve the quality of service delivery, so that everyone enjoy the “fruits of the country’s independence”.