Mbumba to deliver SONA on Thursday


KEETMANSHOOP: President Nangolo Mbumba is expected to deliver the 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday.

A statement issued by the NA on Wednesday indicated that the SONA is delivered during the committee stage of debates on the annual Appropriation Bill in the NA.

According to the statement, the address is in accordance with Article 32 (2) of the Namibian Constitution that states that, ‘In accordance with the responsibility of the executive branch of Government to the legislative branch, the President and the Cabinet shall each year during the consideration of the official budget attend Parliament. During such session the President shall address Parliament on the state of the nation and on the future policies of the Government; shall report on the policies of the previous year and shall be available to respond to questions.’

This is the first time President Mbumba delivers the State of the Nation Address, which was initially going to be the last SONA of the late
President Hage Geingob. Mbumba was sworn in as President on 04 February 2024, following Geingob’s passing on the same day.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

NSI consults Omaheke on National Standardisation Strategy

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) held a consultative meeting in Gobabis on Tuesday to discuss the proposed National Standardisation Strategy with its different stakeholders.

The National Standardization Strategy is a need-based guideline document that identifies key priority sectors for standardisation needs and through its consultations, NSI aims to gather data that will be used to compile the National Standards Plan.

Officiating the meeting Karukirue Tjijenda the Omaheke regional Development and Planning Director in a speech delivered on his behalf expressed gratitude to the National Standardisation Strategy Task Force for having worked tirelessly in responding to the national request to coordinate the development of the National Standardization Strategy document.

‘I would like to convey my gratitude to all international, continental and regional partners for their continuous financial and technical support in the realization of this enormous project on behalf of the Namibian government in genera
l and the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade in particular, he noted.

The National Standardisation Strategy development as part of the broader National Quality Policy implementation is a positive government intervention that highlights its strategic intent and commitment in pursuit of quality excellence and enhancement across all sectors of the Namibian economy,’ he said.

Tjijenda noted that by being the National Standard Body for Namibia, the NSI would continue to promote standardisation of commodities for the safety of consumers, protection of the environment and improved access to global markets.

The National Standardisation Strategy Task Force Secretary, Nelson Tjihozu, highlighted that consultation is very important and participation from stakeholders is also very crucial as this helps in the implementation of strategies.

‘We are in the process of developing the National Standardisation Strategy, thus, you are the ones to tell us in your specific sectors and sub-sectors or fields what your prior
ities standards are from the Omaheke region,’ he indicated.

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Traditional knowledge of genetic resources overlooked: Iipumbu

Many communities have understood the properties of genetic resources for centuries and their traditional knowledge systems hold invaluable insight into their medicinal properties.

This is according to Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Lucia Iipumbu, who said the current global framework for intellectual property often fails to recognise the contributions of these communities, a situation which should be addressed.

Iipumbu in a speech delivered on her behalf at the opening of the Cross Regional Meeting on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge in Swakopmund emphasised the immense potential held by the wealth of genetic resources to the world.

The meeting which commenced on Tuesday is organised by the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), in preparation for the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the International Instrument for Protection of Genetic Resources and Traditional Know
ledge associated with the use of Genetic Resources, to be held in May 2024.

The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for member states from all groups to discuss the basic proposal.

‘From the vast biodiversity of the Namib Desert to the fertile rainforests of the Congo Basin, Africa is a treasure trove of genetic material. This biodiversity is not just a collection of plants and animals; but rather a cherished fact that this too is rooted in the traditional knowledge of our people, often carried over from generation to generation,’ she expressed.

BIPA Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Katjiuongua underscored the importance of addressing the complex interplay between intellectual property and genetic resources, and the need for a robust international instrument that strikes a balance between promoting innovation and safeguarding the rights of indigenous communities.

‘Namibia has been very proactive in the development of legal and policy frameworks to protect traditional knowledge and geneti
c resources, which include the Access and Benefit-Sharing framework, aiming to ensure equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge,’ Katjiuongua highlighted.

The meeting is being attended by more than 60 delegates comprising Group Coordinators plus five other delegates from each regional group in WIPO.

It ends on Thursday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibia Tourism Board promotes domestic tourism

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

Scheduled for 11 to 18 March 2024, the familiarisation trip focuses on the central and western areas of Namibia.

NTB’s Head of Marketing, Charmaine Matthias on Monday outlined the board’s overarching goals and objectives in promoting Namibia as a premier tourism destination, both domestically and internationally.

She emphasised the importance of the initiative during which local media and influencers will promote tourism in Namibia by showcasing positive experiences during the trip.

‘Participants will explore a myriad of tourism products, ranging from picturesque wineries, breathtaking rugged mountains, ancient rock paintings, exhilarating surfing spots, vibrant cultural groups, diverse landscapes, tantalising cuisines, comfortable accommodations, to an array of t
ourism activities and scenic views,’ she said.

The selected travel dates strategically coincide with the period leading up to the Independence and Easter long weekends.

‘We aim to entice Namibian travellers with fresh ideas about the tourist attractions along this route, encouraging them to consider travelling before and during the upcoming holidays,’ Matthias said.

Highlighting the significance of local tourism, Matthias revealed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, only 4 per cent of Namibia’s tourism contributions came from domestic travellers. She encouraged Namibians to explore the tourism market within their own country, stressing the importance of supporting local businesses and experiencing the diverse offerings firsthand.

The familiarisation trip not only serves as a platform for the media and influencers to showcase Namibia’s tourism gems, but also aims to inspire and educate the local populace about the rich tapestry of attractions within their homeland.

With this proactive approach to domestic
tourism promotion, the Namibia Tourism Board is hoping to stimulate interest, encourage exploration, and foster a deeper appreciation for the country’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and tourism offerings among its own citizens.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Minor allegedly rapes eight-year-old girl at Eengodi

ONAMISHU: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region is looking for a boy, believed to be between the ages of 12 and 14, who is suspected of raping an eight-year-old girl.

According to NamPol’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner Titus Ekandjo on Tuesday, the incident occurred last Thursday around 15h00 at Onamishu village in the Eengodi Constituency, but was only reported to the police on Monday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect found the victim walking alone on her way home from school. The suspect then grabbed the victim, asking to have sexual intercourse with the minor victim, and had sexual intercourse with her under coercive circumstances,’ Ekandjo said.

He added that the boy then fled into the bushes and the girl went home but did not tell her parents until her parents noticed that she was not walking properly.

‘Her aunt inspected her and found out that the victim was sexually assaulted,’ Ekandjo said.

Police investigations into the matter co
ntinue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibia Tourism Board promotes domestic tourismUutoni calls for collaboration among local authorities

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) is championing domestic tourism as part of a tourism revival initiative which involves members of the local media and social media influencers touring local establishments in central and western Namibia.

Scheduled for 11 to 18 March 2024, the familiarisation trip focuses on the central and western areas of Namibia.

NTB’s Head of Marketing, Charmaine Matthias on Monday outlined the board’s overarching goals and objectives in promoting Namibia as a premier tourism destination, both domestically and internationally.

She emphasised the importance of the initiative during which local media and influencers will promote tourism in Namibia by showcasing positive experiences during the trip.

‘Participants will explore a myriad of tourism products, ranging from picturesque wineries, breathtaking rugged mountains, ancient rock paintings, exhilarating surfing spots, vibrant cultural groups, diverse landscapes, tantalising cuisines, comfortable accommodations, to an array of t
ourism activities and scenic views,’ she said.

The selected travel dates strategically coincide with the period leading up to the Independence and Easter long weekends.

‘We aim to entice Namibian travellers with fresh ideas about the tourist attractions along this route, encouraging them to consider travelling before and during the upcoming holidays,’ Matthias said.

Highlighting the significance of local tourism, Matthias revealed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, only 4 per cent of Namibia’s tourism contributions came from domestic travellers. She encouraged Namibians to explore the tourism market within their own country, stressing the importance of supporting local businesses and experiencing the diverse offerings firsthand.

The familiarisation trip not only serves as a platform for the media and influencers to showcase Namibia’s tourism gems, but also aims to inspire and educate the local populace about the rich tapestry of attractions within their homeland.

With this proactive approach to domestic
tourism promotion, the Namibia Tourism Board is hoping to stimulate interest, encourage exploration, and foster a deeper appreciation for the country’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and tourism offerings among its own citizens.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

KEETMANSHOOP: Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has said collaboration among municipalities, regional councils, and traditional authorities is essential and local authorities should not operate in isolation.

Uutoni made the remarks at the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) local economic development conference in Lderitz on Tuesday. He challenged the local authorities to share success stories, learn from each other’s challenges, and pool their resources.

‘We can address common issues such as accelerated land delivery, housing, sanitation and environmental sustainability. Let us foster a spirit of solidarity that transcends boundaries and benefits every Namibian,’ he said.

Uutoni said effective local economic development requires a holistic approach as it is not only limited to attracting foreign direct investment or building infrastructure, but involves an understanding of the unique needs of local communities, harnessing local talents and promoting sustainable practices.


Let us explore avenues for diversification, value addition and inclusive growth. Our rural areas, often overlooked, hold immense potential, let us therefore unlock that potential through targeted interventions and smart planning. That is why the national policy framework refers to regional and local economic development (LED) and not just LED, because there are integral links between rural and urban areas which we need to maximise,’ he said.

Uutoni further said while local authorities play a critical role in fostering sustainable growth, prosperity and well-being for citizens, local economic development is not merely an abstract concept, it is the lifeblood of towns, cities, and rural areas that drives job creation, infrastructure development, and social progress.

‘When our local economies thrive, so do the livelihoods of our people and that is why it is our collective duty to nurture an environment where businesses can flourish, innovation can thrive and opportunities can flourish,’ he said.

The three-day
meeting is aimed at providing an opportunity for stakeholders in the local economic sector to discuss and deliberate on matters that shape the future of their communities. It is being held under the theme ‘Promoting local economic development through, inclusive strategic planning, innovation and diversification of revenue streams’.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

MIT hosts Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons training course


WINDHOEK: A six-day advanced course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons for Anglophones States Parties commenced in the capital on Monday.

Hosted by the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade, the course is a continuation of the Anglophone Training Cycle which started in 2023 and is held in collaboration with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Addressing the participants, Industrialisation and Trade Minister, Lucia Iipumbu said the training aims to strengthen the capacities of the first responders of the Anglophone States Parties in preparedness capabilities and response to chemical incidents.

‘To this end, I am extremely happy that the programme for this workshop is of a practical nature and participants will not solely be limited to theoretical presentation,’ she said.

Iipumbu noted that although Namibia has made progress towards the completion of the Chemical Weapons Act, a lot needs to be done to ensure that the country domesticates the Convention by pr
omulgating the law.

Speaking at the same event, Programme Officer at the OPCW, Babatunde Olowookere said the training will allow participants to refresh the knowledge acquired in the preceding basic level training and expand that knowledge to include more comprehensive chemical emergency functions.

Training courses of this nature are organised along with the indications received from the OPCW Policy Making Organs to make effective use of the available regional capacities and resources.

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Treat Kavango as a special case: Mbangu


RUNDU: Rundu Rural Constituency councillor Paulus Mbangu has said Central Government has not properly addressed poverty in the two Kavango regions over the past 34 years and called on it to treat the regions as a special case.

Mbangu made the statement recently in a meeting the regional leadership of the Kavango East Region had with Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, on rural electrification.

He said scientific data and evidence indicating that the two Kavango regions are the poorest have been collected during Income Expenditure Surveys and by the United Nations Development Programme over the years, and at no point did Cabinet or Government use this data to address poverty in the two regions.

‘It’s not an exaggeration when we say that Central Government has been too ignorant of the plight of our people. The planning of resources and allocation, be it in rural electrification or other sectors, has never been informed by these data, thus carrying out surveys in the country is pointless,’ Mbangu comp
lained.

The councillor further claimed that there is ‘serious energy poverty’ in the Kavango regions as well.

‘Houses are in darkness. If our government was a caring government, it would mobilise resources to bring these regions up to par with other affluent regions,’ he said.

Mbangu went on to state that the current ongoing electrification of schools project is not addressing energy poverty in the Kavango East Region.

Electricity, he added, is a catalyst for development, and communities are still in darkness while schools have been electrified.

He thus called on the ministry to start electrifying villages and to treat the Kavango regions as a special case as informed by the scientific data.

In response to Mbangu’s statements, Alweendo said the ministry has not neglected electrifying households, but prioritised public institutions first in order to clear that backlog.

Chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Council, Damian Maghambayi said rural electrification was moving very slowly in the region, par
ticularly electrification to rural household communities.

Household electrification, he said, is a central pillar of national development efforts, and a primary tool to address and alleviate poverty.

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Swapo Central Committee confirms Nandi-Ndaitwah as presidential candidate


WINDHOEK: Swapo Party Vice President, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, will remain the ruling party’s presidential candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections later this year.

This is among the resolutions adopted at the party’s central committee (CC) meeting on Saturday, which also resolved that the ruling party will only hold an extraordinary congress next year.

The CC met at Parliament as the ruling party attempted to navigate the turbulent waters and complicated circumstances brought on by the death of party president, Dr Hage Geingob on 04 February 2024.

Geingob’s demise threw the ruling party into constitutional turmoil ahead of the crucial presidential and national assembly elections.

According to the party’s constitution, if the party president ‘cannot permanently’ carry out his or her duties, Article 15 (9) of the Swapo Party the party must elect a new president within three months of the vacancy.

The constitution dictates the party to call for an extraordinary congress to elect a new president
to complete the term of the former unless such a vacancy occurs six months before the ordinary congress.

However, President Geingob’s death came more than three years before his term was set to expire in 2027.

On Saturday, the CC adopted the recommendations of the Politburo, which has met three times since Geingob’s death.

One such adoption is to delay the extraordinary congress and confirm Nandi-Ndaitwah as the presidential candidate for the national elections scheduled for 27 November 2024.

Swapo spokesperson, Hilma Nicanor, told the media on Saturday that the CC called for an extraordinary congress as per the constitution to take place on 19 April 2025.

She said that the congress would ‘elect a person to complete the term left unexpired due to Geingob’s death.’

She further emphasised that the agenda of the extraordinary congress next year ‘is limited to electing a person to complete the term left unexpired by the former president.’

In addition, Nicanor said the CC took note that the party has, after
elections at the seventh ordinary congress, already identified and nominated its presidential candidate for the November 2024 presidential elections, namely comrade Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, its vice president.

Nicanor, who is Swapo’s secretary for information and publicity, said Nandi-Ndaitwah was elected and declared the winner in the position of vice president.

‘In addition to regional engagements, the party, at the highest level of authority, also publicly confirmed and announced at numerous public forums, including at the party’s 63rd birthday celebrations that comrade Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as its presidential candidate,’ Nicanor said.

She added that Nandi-Ndaitwah has also confirmed and recorded her consent to be the party presidential candidate.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Mushelenga to attend SADC meeting in Angola


WINDHOEK: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Peya Mushelenga, is set to travel to Angola to attend the Meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers from Sunday to Monday in Luanda.

In his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, Angolan Minister of External Relations Téte António, will chair the meeting.

Executive Director in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Penda Naanda, In a media statement issued on Friday, said the Council of the Ministers meeting was preceded by the meeting of SADC Senior Officials, which took place between 04 and 08 March 2024.

‘The Senior Officials were led by Naanda, and Titus Ndove, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises, as well as other senior government officials from the Ministries of International Relations and Cooperation; Finance and Public Enterprises, as well as Industrialisation and Trade,’ the statement said.

The Council will review a
nd discuss the status of implementation of the SADC Council and summit decisions, as well as the progress on the implementation of the theme of the 43rd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, which is ‘Human and Financial Capital: The Key Drivers for Sustainable Industrialisation in the SADC Region’.

‘The theme seeks to address two of the most critical enablers in supporting regional industrialisation, namely adequate human resources within the context of climate change and the 4th Industrial Revolution, and addressing adequate financial resources to ensure more sustainable funding mechanisms,’ Naanda added.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Swapo Central Committee convened to plan for the future


WINDHOEK: The Swapo Party held an extraordinary meeting of its central committee on Saturday, which, according to Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, was meant to carry on the party’s work following the death of its president, Hage Geingob.

The central committee, which is the ruling party’s highest decision-making body, convened for the first time following President Hage Geingob’s death early last month.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said Geingob demise left the Swapo Party with a leadership vacuum.

‘Our nation and the Swapo Party are poorer without the visionary leadership of comrade Geingob. We have lost a leader with an exemplary sense of duty and mission,’ she said.

However, Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed confidence that the former liberation movement will find a solution ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.

‘During difficult moments and pitfalls in our history, including the passing of Comrade Hage Geingob, which left us without a president, we, the rank and file of the Swapo Party,
have always been able to demonstrate cohesion, organisational integrity, and unity,’ she said.

The central committee was expected to consider the recommendations of the politburo, which met three times since Geingob’s death on the 4th of February to discuss the way forward.

‘In the process, some possible challenges that may have a bearing on our party on how to move forward without our president were identified. However, as tested leaders of the party, we must employ our political wisdom and willpower to overcome those identified challenges, thus enabling our party to fulfill its longtime mission of serving the Namibian people effectively and efficiently at all times,’ said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

She added that the rank and file of Swapo look up to the central committee, ‘which is the political centre that holds our party together to provide leadership and for the Swapo Party to remain more united and strong in the execution of our national responsibilities. I have no doubt in my mind that the central committee o
f the Swapo Party has the capacity and ability to do what is expected of it.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibia to participate in SADC Council of Ministers meeting


WINDHOEK: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga, is set to attend the meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers in Luanda, Angola on 10 and 11 March.

The SADC Council of Ministers meeting was preceded by the meeting of SADC senior officials which took place between 04 and 06 March 2024.

The ministry in a media statement on Thursday said the ministers will review and discuss the status of implementation of the SADC Council and Summit Decisions, as well as review the progress of the implementation of the theme of the 43rd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, which is ‘Human and Financial Capital: The Key Drivers for Sustainable Industrialisation in the SADC Region.’

The theme seeks to address two of the most critical enablers in supporting regional industrialisation, namely adequate human resources within the context of climate change and the fourth Industrial Revolution, and adequate financial resources to ensure more sustainabl
e funding mechanisms.

In addition, the ministers will also receive updates on the implementation of various programmes and activities of regional integration; assess progress made during the 2023/24 Financial Year, deliberate on the outlook for 2024/25 and discuss and approve the SADC Secretariat’s Annual Corporate Plan and Budget for the year 2024/25.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Prime Minister calls for investment in education for sustainable growth


WINDHOEK: Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on the public to collaborate with the government in investing towards the funding of education in order for Namibia to reach its economic potential and for sustainable growth.

Addressing attendees at the high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner here on Thursday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila acknowledged the government’s limitations in the level of funding required by the education sector.

To incentivise the public to come on board through public-private partnerships (PPP), the government has directed the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to review its funding policy to include institutions that provide quality training in areas of strategic needs, the prime minister said.

‘The government has directed the relevant stakeholders to ensure that within a defined timeframe, we operationalise modalities for implementing PPP… so that we can use the investment we are making in education to catalyse private sector investment,’ K
uugongelwa-Amadhila stated.

In addition to investing in education, the prime minister emphasised the importance of technological advancement, particularly in digitising public services for efficient governance.

She further underscored the necessity of cultivating a skilled workforce capable of competing internationally.

‘We are not doing the people we are sponsoring a favour, but rather ensuring that we have a productive labour force that can compete with others who will come here from abroad. Education is the cornerstone of our nation’s prosperity. Taxpayer funds should be prioritised for educational investment,’ Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

The prime minister also cautioned that without a skilled workforce, Namibia’s natural resources, such as mines and oil fields, would be underutilised.

Reflecting on recent oil discoveries, the prime minister speculated on the significance of having the requisite expertise to exploit such resources effectively.

‘I actually find it interesting that all of a sudden we h
ave all these oil findings… I am wondering whether we are only finding them now or whether it has not always been known that they are there, but because we have no ability to discover the oil and no ability to pump it and process it, it has to be found at the right time by those that have the ability to find it, pump it and process it,’ she added.

The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation has received N.dollars 4.8 billion for the 2024/25 financial year.

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Omaheke revives regional gender task force committee


Leaders from various backgrounds in the Omaheke Region gathered at the Epako Women’s Centre at Gobabis on Wednesday to revive the regional gender task force committee.

The one-day workshop, attended mainly by traditional leaders and other stakeholders in the region, aimed to re-establish the permanent task force and raise awareness about national gender implementation tools.

Omaheke Governor and chairperson of the task force committee, Pijoo Nganate, highlighted the need for more action to combat gender-based violence in the communities and the nation as a whole, emphasising that this can be achieved through unity. Nganate further emphasised that discussions on this topic should involve not only those who are literate, but also those willing to enact change within themselves and their communities.

‘This has become a topical issue now, and it should be taboo for someone to abuse another person in any way,’ he noted.

‘We have many children roaming our streets, and the majority of them are boys. These are th
e future frustrated fathers who will commit more of these crimes. Let us consider how we can support the boy child in our society.’

‘We have discontented individuals in our society because some of them do not know where their next meal will come from, or where they will sleep. These are serious social issues affecting us all, and this committee should ensure that we avoid division and promote stable households among our people,’ Nganate expressed.

Chief Hendrick Martin of the !Xoo Traditional Authority from Aminuis voiced his concerns about laws and policies that, according to him, have caused division in households.

‘Even if we aim to promote coexistence among our people, men now feel like they are not respected, even in their own homes, as children and women are no longer submissive and respectful towards them. This creates problems in our households,’ he said.

The regional committee, established in 2014, became dormant for the last five years due to a lack of funding.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Namibians going to the polls in November


WINDHOEK: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has designated 27 November 2024 as the day for the presidential and national assembly elections.

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, made this announcement on Thursday.

He also said that Namibians living abroad, as well as those working at sea and members of the armed forces, will cast ballots on 13 November 2024.

ECN launched the electoral calendar and democracy awareness campaign in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Namibia is among several SADC countries holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year, along with South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, and Mozambique.

Uutoni said both the general registration of voters and the democracy awareness strategy form part of the ECN’s electoral calendar.

‘The campaign will focus on raising awareness about the significance of participating in elections and voting, as well as fostering a sense of civic duty and engagement among citizens.

‘It will ensure sensitising under
standing about the importance of voter registration among eligible citizens, and encourage individuals who meet the voting eligibility requirements to register and participate in the electoral process,’ he said.

The minister said he has full confidence that the adoption of the Electoral Calendar represents a significant step towards the success of the electoral processes scheduled to take place this year.

As per the electoral calendar, ECN will conduct the general registration of voters from 03 June to August 2024. In the meantime, 14 October is set aside for independent candidate nominations, and 16 October is reserved for political party nominations.

Chief Electoral Officer Petrus Shaama noted that the electoral calendar is aligned with international practices and provides a way to plan and prepare for the conducting of any election, including by-elections or scheduled elections.

He said the calendar is premised on three phases, namely the pre-election phase, the election phase, and the post-election ph
ase.

‘The electoral calendar outlines all key milestones and activities to be carried out under each of these phases, as well as timelines leading up to, during, and after elections,’ Shaama said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency