Swapo should stop controlling independent bodies – RDP

WINDHOEK: The Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) Secretary-General, Monica Nambelela has called for a clear separation between the ruling Swapo Party and state institution that are supposed to be independent.

She made this call at a joint media conference of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) here on Wednesday.

The media conference was called just after the High Court dismissed an application for the delay of Friday’s election because of alleged problems foreseen with the use of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Nambelela noted that the absence of voter verifiable paper trails, which allegedly negate the possibility for an audit or recount of votes in the event of a dispute, is a sign that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is working in cohorts with the ruling Swapo Party.

She further charged that the use of the EVMs will make it easier for ECN and the ruling party to manipulate the electoral system so as to tilt the outcome in their favour.

“This is lowering the standards of our elections” she said

She added that the will of the people has been compromised and the current situation is not acceptable in a democratic country.

The applicants of the failed bid to stop Friday’s elections, have indicated that they will seek solace from the Supreme Court.

African Labour and Human Rights Centre Director August Maletzky, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party applied for the postponement of the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections, claiming the use of electronic voting machines in the elections is invalid, because of a lack of a paper trail.

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

Maletzky told the media after the dismissal of their urgent application that he actually expected the judgement – ‘not because it is based on facts and legal principles but because it is another miscarriage of justice that we are used to”.

Maletzky added that this is the beginning of litigation and not the end.