SPYL candidates confident ahead of electoral college

Three out of the six Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) candidates for this weekend's electoral college are certain of their chances of being elected to the party's list of 96 members for the National Assembly election scheduled to take place in November.

The ruling party's electoral college will have six candidates from the SPYL competing against other candidates from the party's wings, organs and structures.

Most notable amongst the candidates is 36-year-old AkselMwafanyengo, Mayor of the municipal town of Usakos in the Erongo Region.

Another parliamentary aspirant ShihepoShipola is one of three female candidates elected at the extra-ordinary Central Committee meeting of the SPYL.

Shihepo told Nampa on Monday that she is excited to be competing in the 'pot'.

According to her, she stands a good chance of scoring a sufficient number of votes to place her in a position to assume a parliamentary seat.

She premised her confidence on her track record within the party, adding that being elected to compete at the electoral college is a natural progression given her political career.

I have served the Swapo party in many capacities at section, branch and district levels. It is not as if I just came from nowhere to be elected but I was elected on the basis of my contribution to the party over the years, Shihepo told Nampa.

Shihepo is currently a local authority councillor serving on the Management Committee of the Luderitz Town Council.

Another of SPYL's candidate for the 'pot' is 35-year-old HophniIpinge, a teacher by profession.

He is one of three male candidates elected to compete at the electoral college in line with the amended 2013 Swapo Constitution that prescribes a 'Zebra Style' list of delegates to ensure gender balance.

Ipinge, when contacted by this agency was adamant that his candidature is a collective exercise to ensure youth representation at parliamentary level and not an individualistic campaign for self-promotion and personal gain.

I am not lobbying as an individual but I am rather competing to ensure we gain at least 40 per cent Swapo youth representation in parliament, he said.

He added: By running as a block on the basis of generational allegiance as youth we will ensure ourselves a sizeable number of seats.

Other candidates who will be competing on the SPYL ticket are UvenikoNegonga from the Omaheke region, IsrinRooi, Hardap and Julius Gaeseb from Oshikoto.

They could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Swapo'selectoral college will take place from 6-7 September 2019.

The event will see over 200 delegates convene at the Safari Hotel and Conference Center in the Capital city of Windhoek to decide who will be on the party's list for members of parliament and in which order they will be placed on the list.

Source: Namibia Press Agency