Presidential and National Assembly Elections Day Declared Public Holiday

NAMIBIA’S Presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on a public holiday, in accordance with the New Electoral Act, the Electoral Commission of Namibia says.

The ECN announced that Friday 28 November 2014 is the date for holding the national elections after President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s approval last month.

A proclamation was published in the Government Gazette on Monday. According to the new Electoral Act, any day proclaimed as an election day will be a public holiday. This will be the first time in the country’s history that a national election day is declared a holiday. ECN director of operations Theo Mujoro said although the Electoral Act was promulgated on 8 October, the commencement notice for the Act is expected to be gazetted today.

The national elections will take place from 07h00 to 21h00, while political parties are expected to submit their lists of parliamentary candidates on 29 October from 09h00 until 11h00.

Those outside Namibia or on board vessels will vote on 14 November between 07h00and 21h00.

The controversial Third Constitutional Amendment Act has also come into effect, after being published in the Government Gazette on Monday.

This means from March, Namibia will have its first Vice President, the number of seats in the National Council will be increased from 26 to 42, while National Assembly seats will increase from 72 to 96.

Source : The Namibian