Opposition party’s application to postpone Presidential and National Assembly elections could be dismissed because some respondents not served with court summons

WINDHOEK: The opposition party’s urgent application to postpone the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections could be dismissed because some of the respondents were not served with court summons.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), African Labour and Human Rights Centre and its Director August Maletzky, and the President of the Workers Revolutionary Party Hewat Beukes launched an urgent application in the High Court on Monday, calling for the postponement of the general elections to February 2015.

The RDP and the three other litigants claimed that it is unconstitutional to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for elections without a paper trail.

The application was heard before Judge Christi Liebenberg in the Windhoek High Court here this morning.

Windhoek lawyer Sisa Namandje, who represented the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Namibian Government as the first and second respondents respectively, said the application should be annulled because not all respondents were served with summonses to appear in court today, hence their absence from court.

WINDHOEK; The 2014-2015 festive season road safety campaign officially kicked off here in Windhoek on Saturday under the theme “Your Destination, a Reward for Safe Driving. Pledge to Arrive Alive”.

The campaign was initially launched here earlier this month by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (MVA Fund) in collaboration with the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).

It officially kicked off this past Saturday (22 November 2014) and is expected to run until 15 January 2015.

As part of the campaign, temporary road blocks will be set up in the country to ensure that motorists adhere to traffic rules and regulations. There will also be an increase in highway patrols.

In a media statement on Friday, the MVA Fund said a number of resting spots will be erected along the main roads as part of the safety campaign to ensure that motorists are able to stop and rest when they’re feeling tired.

These resting spots will be manned by members of the MVA Fund’s emergency response units, law enforcement officers, volunteers as well as employees of the NRSC.

SOURCE: NAMPA