Employers must allow workers to vote

WINDHOEK: All employers, both in the private and public sectors, should allow their workers time off to vote on Friday.

“Government wishes to remind employers that voting is a constitutional right, and preventing people to vote is tantamount to disenfranchising the democratic rights of the voters,” said the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda in a media statement issued on Monday.

His statement follows reports that some workers have been threatened by their employers with disciplinary action if they do not turn up for work on Friday, election day.

This is a criminal offence that is punishable by law.

Kaapanda said internal arrangements can be made to allow employees to go and cast their votes in shifts, if so required.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba had already declared the 28th of November 2014, which is election day, a public holiday, with the view to allow all the eligible Namibians to cast their votes.