Heita Claims Erongo Voter Education Started Late

THE Swapo Party coordinator in the Erongo region, Philipus Heita, says he is concerned as voter education in the region commenced late.

Giving Nampa an update about the party’s election campaigns in the region on Monday, Heita claimed that not much has been covered by the voter education campaign thus far.

“They started very late, considering that they need to show people how the new voting machines work.

I do not think they will cover the whole region we only have about two weeks left now before the elections,” he charged.

The 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on 28 November.

It will, however, be preceded by elections for sea-going personnel and those on foreign missions, which will be conducted on 14 November.

Heita further claimed that the voter education conducted by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) mainly focuses on urban areas, and less on rural areas.

“If the region does not perform very well, the ECN will be blamed because they did not start the voter education on time,” said the Swapo leader.

Hilda Nakakuwa, the deputy director of ECN’s voter education and democracy-building division, on Monday refuted these claims, saying the voter education programme which mostly covers the use of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) started on time in June this year.

She said the ECN initially had transport challenges as they started with only two vehicles for each region. This problem has, however, been addressed, and up to seven vehicles have been dispatched to each region now.

Nakakuwa said vast regions such as Kunene and Otjozondjupa have more than 14 vehicles per region.

“We have seven teams going around Erongo at the moment, so we will finish on time. They should not panic,” she noted.

She said all places listed on their database as being in need of voter education will be covered.

“We cover all the areas, not only towns. We encourage leaders to approach our regional offices, and obtain updated information on what we have been doing on voter education,” Nakakuwa stressed.

The national voter education ends on 24 November.

On a different topic, Heita used the opportunity to remind party supporters that when they vote, they should do so twice – once for the presidential candidate and once for Members of Parliament (MPs).

Prime Minister Hage Geingob is Swapo’s candidate for the Presidential election.

Heita said when voters go to the polls, they should ensure that they vote for Geingob and for the party by pressing where the party logo is indicated on the EVM.

By doing so, supporters and members will ensure more parliamentary seats for the party, the regional coordinator indicated.

Geingob launched the regional campaigns with a star rally in Walvis Bay in September.

Thereafter, the regional office covered places such as Omaruru, Karibib, Utuseb, Henties Bay, Arandis, Okombahe and Swakopmund.

The rallies in Utuseb and Henties Bay were the latest ones held concurrently on Saturday.

The Swapo-Party will conclude their election campaign with a star rally in Windhoek on 22 November.


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Source : The Namibian