Erongo Police and political leaders discuss election campaigns

WALVIS BAY: The Erongo Regional Police Commander Commissioner Samuel //Hoebeb on Wednesday convened a meeting with regional leaders of political parties to deliberate on peaceful campaigns.

Opening the meeting in Walvis Bay, //Hoebeb said the aim is to get the police together with political parties’ leaders to prepare for peaceful campaigns prior to the national elections in November this year.

High on the agenda is the prevention of physical crashes between supporters of different political parties during campaigns.

Another item on the agenda include avoiding parties’ rallies to be held at one venue or closer to each other at the same time.

On this, leaders of political parties are requested to notify the police about the venues before they gather for the meetings, to avoid two or three parties gathering at one place.

The regional commander said the move is necessary for democracy to prevail and allow everyone to peacefully campaign for leaders of their choice.

He said those who will try to intimidate others during such campaigns would be dealt with accordingly.

“We are avoiding a situation where people will be chased around, that is not what we want after many years of peaceful elections,” he said.

Political leaders of the Swapo-Party, Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), The South West Africa National Union (SWANU) and the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) attend the one-day meeting.

(edited)WALVIS BAY: The Erongo regional police and leaders of various political parties met here on Wednesday to prepare for peaceful campaigns in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s regional commander, Commissioner Samuel //Hoebeb said during the opening of the meeting here that the aim was to get the police and political party leaders working together to ensure peaceful election rallies.

High on the agenda was the prevention of physical clashes between supporters of different political parties during campaigns, as well as trying to prevent parties from having assemblies at one single venue or in close proximity at the same time.

The police thus requested political leaders to notify the authorities in advance about the time and place of their gatherings to avoid two or three parties gathering at one place.

//Hoebeb said this is necessary for democracy to prevail, and to allow everyone to campaign peacefully.

He warned that those who might want to intimidate others during such campaigns would be dealt with accordingly.

“We are avoiding a situation where people will be chased around. That is not what we want, after many years of peaceful elections,” stressed the Commissioner.

Political leaders of the ruling Swapo-Party, the DTA of Namibia, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Swanu of Namibia and the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) attended the one-day meeting.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s results of the 2014 General Registration of Voters (GRV) indicate that there are 97 879 registered voters in the Erongo region.

SOURCE: NAMPA