SADC’s SEOM to Namibia’s elections slated for 28 November unveiled

WINDHOEK: The Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) to Namibia’s general elections slated for 28 November this year, was unveiled in the capital today.

Launching the observer mission, the head of the SEOM, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the SEOM is in Namibia to witness the election, and will be deployed to all regions of the country.

The deployment of the SEOM is in part to facilitate the learning and development of regional democratic norms and values as well as best-practices.

She noted that only 72 of the 90 observers are currently in Namibia, and the registration of these observers will commence at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on Tuesday.

The SEOM has taken note of the recently-approved Constitutional amendments and the new Electoral Act, which will govern the elections.

The 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on 28 November.

Elections for sea-going personnel and those at foreign missions will be conducted on 14 November.

Nkoana-Mashabane said at this stage, the mission seeks to encourage stakeholders to the election to ensure that the electoral process serves the people of Namibia, with provisions responding to the facilitation of fundamental human rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Namibian constitution.