SADC electoral officials hold consultative meeting with Namibian journalists

The team of three officials from the Southern African Development Community Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC), held a consultative meeting with Namibian journalists about elections here on Thursday.

SEAC team is in the country prior to the seventh Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for 27 November this year.

The SEAC Chairperson, Mpho Molomo told members of the media on Thursday his team has arrived in Namibia being a constituted body which advises the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on matters of democracy and elections.

We are here to access the level of readiness of Namibia to hold elections. We think it is important to consult you since you are one of the important stakeholder to engage on this topic including the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), the Namibian Police, amongst others.

The meeting which was attended by various media houses including Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, New Era, The Namibian Newspaper, TV One Africa amongst others discussed several issues pertaining to elections in Namibia.

This included the objectiveness of media reporting on election, fairness, compliance to media ethics with specific emphasis on elections.

Amongst other raised points were media freedom, the presence of military personnel during elections especially the on-going Kalahari Desert Operation, the social media and citizen journalism.

The Election Voting Machine was among the items discussed.

Furthermore, the meeting alluded on the question of parties being aligned to certain political parties.

Speaking to Nampa on the side line, Molomo said when the media operate in a free environment and fairly, it enriches democracy and encourages accountability among citizens, political parties, and all stakeholders.

He concluded that his team is looking forwards to free and fair elections later this year.

The team is on the country until Sunday in order to engage other stakeholders on election issues.

The SEAC will later deploy its team in Namibia from 13 November until 4 December 2019 as election observers.

Source: Namibia Press Agency