Omaheke police calls for peaceful conduct on voting day

GOBABIS: Police Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel has called on all the people in the region to conduct themselves peacefully during the oncoming elections.

In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Abel said the Namibia Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region is ready to deal with any report of violence or disorderly conduct that may arise during and after the elections.

Namibians will go to the polls on Friday for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Regional police commander said he had numerous consultations with political parties, traditional leaders as well as heads of churches, where he explained the police’s expectations during the elections period.

Abel warned Omaheke residents not to carry firearms or any other weapons when going to cast their vote.

“You are all protected as citizens of this country. I guarantee that you will be safe on elections day and the period thereafter. As such, there is no need for you to carry firearms or weapons to polling stations. This is a peaceful country and you ought to play your part too,” he said.

Abel thanked political parties for abiding by the rules and regulations set by NamPol during the campaign phase of the elections, adding that no cases of intimidation or campaign-related violence was experienced in the Omaheke Region.

“Political parties played their part by not instigating their members to violence. They conducted their activities in a peaceful manner, and in harmony with other political parties. This is the type of spirit we would like to continue with until the elections come to an end,” he said.

He noted that the police in the Omaheke Region has employed several police officers at various polling stations for they safety of the voters.