Maltahohe residents optimistic to vote for change

MALTAHOHE: Residents in the dusty village of Maltahohe in the Daweb Constituency of the Hardap Region look forward to cast their votes during elections on Friday.

A total of 2 770 residents from this constituency registered to vote.

The Hardap Region consists of eight constituencies; Daweb, Aranos, Gibeon, Mariental Rural, Mariental Urban, Rehoboth Urban East, Rehoboth Urban West, and Rehoboth Rural.

A total of 45 834 regional inhabitants have registered to vote.

Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, an optimistic voter, Lena Boois said she will vote for change in her village.

“Of course I am going to vote tomorrow. I will vote for change in this village – better housing, roads, water and sanitation, as well as a better future for me, my family and children,” she said.

An unemployed Frieda Frederiks expressed similar sentiments, noting that her vote will give her a right to express her views.

“I now have the chance to make a difference with my vote in the political arena of this country,” she said.

Nampa also spoke to 20-year-old Liaan Freyer, who said he believes that voting is important for the future of any country and its citizens.

He said he will vote for the political party of his choice that will bring positive changes for the residents of the village.

“We need change here, and I am definitely going to cast my vote tomorrow,” he said.

However, Sara Nawemas, 50, is not so optimistic about voting. She said nothing has changed over the years for Namibians.

“Every time is the same story – they (political parties) make promises and when we vote for them, they just dump us with our problems,” she lamented.

Meanwhile, the Hardap Region elections coordinator, Augustinus Ucham told Nampa that preparations for the elections are in full swing and the doors for voting at fixed polling stations are open from 07h00 until 21h00. Mobile polling points have different opening and closing times.