Ndeitunga calls for peace and maturity from political parties and supporters

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, said he hopes all stakeholders will behave maturely and adhere to the Electoral Act for the Regional Council and Local Authority elections set for 25 November.

Ndeitunga made these remarks in a recent interview with Nampa, on the preparations of the Namibian police for the upcoming elections in all 121 constituencies and 57 local authorities.

The NamPol inspector general said the force is ready to maintain law and order during the political parties’ campaigns, adding that it gets tense at times with confrontations between political party supporters.

“I don’t foresee any problem, as long as all the stakeholders like political parties and voters behave maturely, peacefully and do everything within the confines of the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia,” said Ndeitunga.

He said the police have over the years accumulated enough experience in election issues and have always ensured the safety of ballot papers and other election materials during transportation. Therefore, the police will not necessarily need the assistance of the Namibian Defence Force or the Namibian Correctional Service, who are part of the ongoing Namib Desert Operation.

“We have the Namib Desert Operation that is ongoing throughout the country, but that is for crime prevention. They will continue as per our programme and not necessarily to be involved in the election issues. That duty is entirely for the Namibian Police Force to manage,” said Ndeitunga.

The special voting date is set for 13 November 2020, which is meant for sea-going personnel, members of the Namibian Police Force, Namibian Defence Force, Namibia Correctional Services and those that will be on duty on 25 November 2020.

Source: Namibia Press Agency