Residents register for Onyaanya Constituency by-election

)ONGWEDIVA: Voters in the Oshikoto Region’s Onyaanya constituency will go to the polls to elect the new councillor of the constituency in July this year.

This follows the appointment of the constituency’s former councillor, Henock Kankoshi, as the new governor of the Oshikoto Region.

President Hage Geingob appointed Kankoshi as the Oshikoto governor to succeed the former regional governor, Penda ya Ndakolo, who was appointed Minister of Defence in the new Cabinet in March this year.

The elections law requires the election of a new councillor in a by-election within 90 days after the councillor of their constituency has resigned or passed away.

Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview from the Oshikoto Region on Thursday, supervisor of the supplementary voters’ registration at Onyaanya constituency, Reverend Thomas Uushona said the date of that constituency’s by-election is yet to be confirmed.

However, Uushona confirmed that the four-day supplementary registration of voters for the Onyaanya constituency by-election started on Tuesday and ends Friday.

The supplementary registration seeks to register young people who have turned 18 years recently, those who have lost their voters’ cards, or people who were previously registered in other constituencies and are now residents of the Onyaanya constituency.

The registration requires a potential voter to present their identification document (ID) or a valid Namibian passport, birth certificate or drivers’ license to qualify for registration as a voter.

Uushona pointed out that 75 officials of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) have been appointed to oversee the registration process at 10 fixed and five semi-fixed registration points throughout the Onyaanya Constituency.