Farmers Urged to Open Gates On Election Day

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia’s Otjozondjupa regional elections’ co-ordinator has urged commercial farmers in the region to keep their farm gates open on election day.

Voters are expected to go to the polling stations and vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 28 November.

The ECN held a one-day consultative meeting with regional stakeholders at Otjiwarongo on Monday. The meeting was attended by representatives of different political parties. Election observers from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania were also present at the meeting.

Speaking during the meeting, Friedrich Rugharo said commercial and communal farmers in the region must ensure access to their farms on election day, and avail the earmarked properties inside their farms to be used by ECN officials.

Rugharo called on all registered parties to hold their political campaigns in a peaceful manner, and to adhere to the ECN’s electoral code of conduct.

He reminded the parties in the region to submit names of their party agents at Otjiwarongo before 19 November. The forms giving details of these agents must also be completed and submitted to the ECN’s returning officers before Wednesday next week.

According to Rugharo, 155 polling stations – 61 fixed and 94 mobile – have been assigned to the region. Seven verification centres have also been identified in seven constituencies in the region. A total of 930 trained ECN officials will work in the region.

Rugharo assured all voters of top-quality election services during the voting process.

– Nampa

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Source : The Namibian