DTA of Namibia president expresses concern that less than a week before Presidential, National Assembly elections, his party has not yet received official voters’ roll

WINDHOEK: The DTA of Namibia president expressed concern that less than a week before the Presidential and National Assembly elections, his party has not yet received the official voters’ roll.

McHenry Venaani said this during his party’s penultimate election campaign rally yesterday, noting that he had informed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer team of such malpractice on the side of Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

He said this is a recurring problem at every general election.

The 2014 voters’ roll was gazetted on 06 November.

The DTA, he stated, is not going to fight an election on the bases of party rallies but will fight credible elections on the bases of the number of Namibians who go and cast their votes.

He, therefore, demanded fair play in the run-up to the elections, adding that his party believes in hard work and has travelled the length and breadth of this country to campaign.

He also announced that his party had recently received 140 new members from the ruling party in the Kunene Region.

He urged Namibians to go and vote for the love of the country and for a better Namibia, and not for the love of the party.

The DTA will have its final rally in Keetmanshoop today.

WINDHOEK: A project that seeks to boost the voices of local communities and raise awareness about human rights and democratic responsibilities in the country, is gaining momentum.

The project titled Community Voices: fostering participation, human rights, civic and voter education in Namibia’s local communities was launched last year.

It is co-founded by the European Union (EU) and implemented here by NamRights and German media development organisation DW Akademie.

The European Union Delegation to Namibia provided about N.dollars 2,7million in funding for the 18-month project, which is expected to conclude in March 2015.

The project aims to promote democratic dialogue and participation of citizens towards the coming elections, and foster awareness on how to claim and protect human rights.

On Wednesday, organisers outlined some of the project’s achievements, and DW Akademie project coordinator, Christopher Springate said community journalists who received training, have been working overtime and have produced an absolute wealth of material.

He said listeners of the project’s partner stations have been informed on political issues in their regions as well as their human rights.

Namibian community media institutions took part in various workshops during which they were trained on measures aimed at establishing weekly debate programmes for their communities, and strengthening their coverage of political and human rights issues.