SPYL selects reps for Electoral College

WINDHOEK; The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) on Saturday elected its six representatives to the mother party’s Electoral College next month.

They are Lucia Iipumbu, Sydney !Ganeb, Paula Kooper, Josua Matati, Heather Sibungo and Muesee Kazapua.

The elections took place during the SPYL’s third Central Committee (CC) meeting held here over weekend.

Senior figures within the SPYL not on the list are Secretary Elijah Ngurare; spokesperson Job Amupanda; head of the National Youth Council, Mandela Kapere; and Henny Seibeb, who was the assistant to Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana when she was the party’s Secretary-General.

SPYL deputy secretary Veikko Nekundi qualifies automatically to the Electoral College as a member of the mother party’s CC, while Karas Governor Bernadus Swartbooi has been nominated to the Electoral College by the Karas regional executive.

This Electoral College, set for the second week in August this year, will, for the first time since independence in 1990, elect 72 candidates for the National Assembly (NA) by using the zebra style, which aims to ensure 50/50 gender representation.

Ngurare informed Nampa recently that as the SPYL leader his terms of reference are defined by the SPYL Constitution and that of the Swapo Party.

“I should advocate for the empowerment of others, and it is awkward for me to advocate for my own interest by placing my name in the pot. Doing so means all my work has been driven by the interest to go to Parliament, as if Parliament is the modern heaven on earth,” he said.

He said there are many platforms where he can make a contribution, thus he has chosen to be where he is to support the process of grooming others to reach the top, especially those from rural areas and poor backgrounds.

The Namibian newspaper reported last week that Amupanda too indicated that he had no intention of contesting for a position on the party’s list for the NA this year.

Speculations are rive that the ‘big names’ within the SPYL have decided to snub the Electoral College because they do not want to be seen as “rubber-stamping” decisions which are not fitting the SPYL’s policy decisions.