PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW FIVE-YEAR TERM FOR NAMIBIAN ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS

Namibia's National Assembly has approved the re-appointment of Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) commissioners for another five-year-term despite initial objections by some opposition party members regarding the timing of the motion.

The appointment was proposed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Thursday, the last day of the Parliamentary session as an urgent motion.

The former Acting Executive Director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), Elsie Nghikembua, was appointed as a new electoral commissioner, while Notemba Tjipueja, Albertina Nangolo, Barney Karuuombe and Ulrich Freyer were re-appointed.

All People's Party president Ignatius Shixwameni felt there was nothing urgent about the appointments for it to be brought to the House at the last minute as the members were supposed to be given time to consider the appointments.

DTA of Namibia MP Vipuakuje Muharukwa echoed his disagreement on the urgency of the motion as citizens are also entitled to be present to object to appointments in Parliamentary Standing Committee on Privileges meetings.

The criteria for membership of the commission is determined by Parliament's Standing Committee on Privileges.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila explained that the urgency of the motion is due to the fact that the five office-bearers' tenure in office ends on Aug 1, 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK