President expresses dissatisfaction with low voter turnout during recent Windhoek West Constituency by-election

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed dissatisfaction with the low voter turnout during the recent Windhoek West Constituency by-election.

Over 27 000 Windhoek West residents were registered to vote, and only 3 398 cast their votes.

Pohamba expressed his displeasure about the voter apathy during the Swapo-Party election campaign fundraising gala dinner held in Windhoek yesterday evening.

The dinner was held in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for next Friday.

The Head of State, however, was glad with the turnout of voters during the by-election conducted at the Endola Constituency in the Ohangwena Region on 07 November this year.

A total of 7 332 out of more than 11 000 registered voters participated during that by-election.

The two by-elections were as result of the death of the two regional councillors earlier this year.

Pohamba said gathering in big numbers at election campaign rallies that they held at different places around the country is not voting, and called upon eligible voters across the country to go out in big numbers on 28 November and vote for his party and its presidential candidate, Hage Geingob to emerge victorious.

WINDHOEK; The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has provided N.dollars 84 million to finance the construction of the first-ever solar power plant in Namibia.

Namibian renewable energy development company, InnoSun Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd; and Omburu Sun Energy (Pty) Ltd, a local independent power producer (IPP), are the government’s key partners in the project.

This information is contained in a media statement availed to Nampa by the DBN yesterday.

The photovoltaic power plant, also known as a solar park, will be constructed at Omburu near Omaruru in the Erongo Region at a total cost of over N.dollars 135 million.

The power plant will feed carbon-free electricity into NamPower’s national power grid, replacing 5 537 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The plant is a large-scale photovoltaic (PV) system designed for the supply of merchant power into the electricity grid.

It will consist of 30 000 solar panels on 15 hectares of land.

According to the statement, once completed, the Omburu solar power plant is expected to generate 4,5 megawatts (MW) capacity for NamPower, reducing NamPower’s requirement for fossil fuels.