Seagoing staff of Govt-owned fishing company Seaflower will not vote on Friday

KEETMANSHOOP: About 30 seagoing staff of Government-owned fishing company Seaflower will not vote on Friday.

The acting chief executive officer of this company, Mike Nghipunya told Nampa the workers will vote during the general elections on 28 November.

He said yesterday that they cannot afford an interruption at this point because of the October hake closure they had, so they have taken the option for their seagoing personnel to vote with everyone else on 28 November.

Nampa phoned several Lüderitz-based fishing companies to enquire about their readiness for the upcoming special elections of seagoing personnel.

Marco Fishing gave the thumbs-up when quizzed about their arrangements.

Its administration manager Sonia Bergh told Nampa that all their seagoing staff will be on land on Friday to cast their votes.

Group human resources manager of Novanam Fishing, Francis Kawana said the company’s eight vessels will all be docked and their 220 seagoing staff members will all be on land to vote on Friday.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said all arrangements are on track for the upcoming elections at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

The elections will take place at the German Hostel Hall in Lüderitz.

ONDANGWA; A Swapo-Party supporter who removed a DTA of Namibia flag from a tree at Ondangwa town’s Onguta suburb on Saturday, re-hoisted it yesterday.

Sheetekela Mateus said he removed it because he did not know it is a DTA-party flag as he only knows the Swapo and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) flags.

Mateus, 28, pointed out that Oshana regional coordinator of the DTA, Lazarus ‘Uncle Mbwila’ Petrus and local DTA supporters kindly ordered him to put the flag back, and he agreed to do so.

The DTA coordinator said he does not blame Mateus, but his Swapo coordinator who had failed to educate his supporters to behave as per the election campaign code of conduct.

Approached for comment, Swapo’s Oshana regional coordinator, Erastus Kapolo expressed satisfaction with the DTA people for handling Mateus’ case peacefully and for not taking him to the Police.

Namibians will vote in Presidential and National Assembly elections on 28 November this year.