Over 80 000 police officers to be deployed for elections

More than 80 000 officers are ready to be deployed countrywide during the campaigning period of political parties and the upcoming seventh Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Speaking in an interview with Nampa here on Monday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga said NamPol will take the lead in the safety and security of the elections as they have done before while Operation Kalahari Desert paroles will commence, as per normal, parallel to the elections but will have nothing to do with it.

When it comes to elections the Namibian Police will take over everything and we will continue with our joint operation, Operation Kalahari Desert, to ensure while people are voting that the streets are safe from housebreakings or drug trafficking but it is separate from the elections, Ndeitunga said.

Despite logistical challenges of limited vehicles as well as subsistence and travel (S and T) allowances due to financial constraints, Ndeitunga guaranteed the total safety and security of Namibians during campaigns and elections.

We hope for assistance with vehicles and S and T allowances for members because some of the members are placed at polling stations in remote areas for at least 48 hours to secure the polling stations and if they do not get these allowances it discourages them to carry out their duties, Ndeitunga explained.

Ndeitunga further said the police officers have sensitised to ensure that we should behave courteously, polite as well as professional when we interact with the voters and added that the voters should feel free not intimidated by NamPol.

Namibia is set to hold the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 27 November.

Source: Namibia Press Agency