Swapo electoral college in full swing

The Swapo electoral college � known as the 'pot' � an exercise that will elect the 96 candidates to represent the ruling party in the National Assembly is currently underway in the capital.

The democratic intraparty exercise was officially opened by the party leader, President Hage Geingob who preached the gospel of unity to the delegates and candidates eyeing for political office.

At the onset, Geingob indicated that the ruling party is at the crossroads and advised those participating in the voting to vote individuals on merit.

He reminded Swapo's current parliamentarians that retaining their positions was not guaranteed.

If your records [over the last four years] were good, people are going to send you back. If you were bad [underperformed], Swapo will deal with you, he said.

After the opening, Nampa engaged some delegates, just before the closed session which commenced at around 13h00.

It is my hope that at least 40 per of those who make it are young people. I also want to see each and every corner of our country to be represented. I dream of a rainbow parliament, Oshikoto Regional coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu said.

Works and Transport Minister John Mutorua, who is also a candidate for the pot said: I am a teacher by profession and I know that it is a task of others to evaluate me. I don't like these things about self-praise. Let the people decide that. I did my part.

Jennelly Matundu (37), a candidate from the Kunene Region said she has done enough to garner support from her comrades.

This is unpredictable but I have done my best. When you move around, everyone is saying they will vote for you. But for regions like Kunene to develop, they must be represented in parliament and I am the right person to do that, she said.

Another candidate for the sought-after positions was Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein who is not campaigning for support at the college.

You cannot convince people in two days to vote for you. We had five years to do that. So, based on our performance in the National Assembly, the delegates must decide, he said.

Veteran Swapo politician Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana � who is also a candidate said: The voters must truly give the Namibian people a better choice of a Swapo party member who is able to debate, read and decide on the best option for the service delivery of the country. Otherwise, if we just continue to vote each other on the basis of friendship, then we doing a disservice to our country.

The actual voting is expected to commence at around 15h00, on Saturday.

The results will be announced during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Source: Namibia Press Agency