Presidential and National Assembly elections will be held on 28 November: ECN

WINDHOEK: The Presidential and National Assembly elections will go ahead on 28 November (Friday) as planned, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said yesterday.

Elections Director, Prof Paul Isaak issued a statement, saying the election process will continue as scheduled despite the mooted Supreme Court appeal of the dismissed application for the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The initial application was brought to the High Court by African Labour and Human Rights Centre Director August Maletzky, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, seeking a postponement of the elections because of a lack of a paper trail.

High Court Judge Kobus Muller however dismissed the application with costs on Wednesday, saying it was not his jurisdiction to rule on the matter but that of the ECN. He also said the applicants had ample time to bring the matter before court, but failed to do so.

In his statement yesterday, the ECN chief said the election body has already instructed its lawyers to oppose any appeal whenever it is to be heard in the Supreme Court.

Isaak said the public should not be discouraged by the many conflicting messages on the election, saying the elections will proceed on Friday as proclaimed by the President of the Republic.

KHORIXAS: The Local Economic Development (LED) Officer at the Khorixas Town Council, Ester Nanus yesterday said all the ervens in the town’s central business district (CBD) have been sold out to new businesses that are to be set up at the town.

Speaking in an interview with Nampa on the development projects within the town of Khorixas, Nanus explained that the ervens were sold to a mixture of business people – locals and outsiders.

She added that among the proposed businesses is a shopping complex to be constructed by a company called Red Cross Investment Holdings.

Nanus noted that Red Cross Investment Holdings will be responsible for the property development, and the shopping complex will consist of 11 units in a two storey building with four upstairs units and seven downstairs units.

The four units upstairs, she explained, will be used for institutional purposes such as government offices while the lower floors will be used for retailing.