DTA not happy with regional election performance

KATIMA MULILO; DTA of Namibia Secretary-General Vincent Kanyetu has blamed the party’s previous leadership’s conservative approach to national issues for DTA’s continued dismal performance in elections.

He said this at Katima Mulilo on Sunday while giving an overall view of the party’s regional performance in the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on 28 November 2014.

According to Kanyetu, during the campaign period in the Zambezi Region, DTA noted that communities were frustrated as previous leaders failed to address tribalism, lack of development and a possible succession dialogue as promised in the 2009 election.

He said the communities were still in limbo of who to vote for, even when DTA presidential candidate McHenry Venaani promised to be the ‘game changer’ of the party’s political landscape.

DTA currently holds one seat in parliament, compared to the 21 it held in 1994, 15 in 1999 and seven in 2004.

In this election, provisional results indicate that Swapo-Party is in the lead while DTA, along with other opposition parties, failed to obtain more than 500 votes at most for both the presidential and national assembly in all eight constituencies.

“DTA is still being viewed with apartheid links and conservatism to crucial national issues. Our previous leaders elected to Parliament kept this trend throughout the years, which made it somewhat hard when Venaani took over and promised change,” Kanyetu said.

He added that the voter apathy was largely due frustrations with opposition party leaders they voted into Parliament, only for them to fail to take up pressing issues with the ruling party at national level.

“I know the DTA could have done better with more time as new trends and approaches where introduced with Venaani as the change we need in the party. I am hopeful that DTA will lead in the near future,” he said.

Election Coordinator for the Zambezi Region, Alfred Mbukusa told Nampa a total of 42 687 voters were registered, but just over 29 000 cast votes for their parties.

He indicated that the reason behind the trend of the voter turnout was because many were apathetic, while others arrived late at the polls and could not be assisted.

Mbukusa added that a total of 29 617 votes were recorded for the Presidential elections and 29 423 votes were cast for the National Assembly.

“The regional provisional results indicate that 70 per cent of the potential voters turned up at the polls. This is a satisfactory number.

There was no problem or disruption of the election process reported, but the turnout was largely due to voter apathy and late arrivals at polls,” said Mbukusa.