PDM seeks clarity on Regional Electoral Officer’s appointment

Hertta-Maria Amutenja

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has voiced its concerns and sought clarity from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) regarding the recent appointments of Regional Electoral Officers (REOs).

In a media statement, the PDM stressed the importance of transparency and scrutiny in the appointment process of such officials.

While acknowledging the roles assigned to REOs in accordance with the Electoral Act No. 5 of 2014, PDM Secretary for Information Hidipo Hamata, emphasised the need for tangible and visible commitment to ethical conduct in every aspect of electoral administration.

“The PDM is committed to ensuring that our democracy is upheld not only in theory but in the actions and qualifications of those entrusted with regional electoral oversight,” he said.

The party is requesting ECN to provide comprehensive information regarding the qualifications of the newly appointed REOs.

According to Hamata, this information is essential for the public and political parties to have confidence in the competencies and impartiality of these officials.

Last week, ECN announced the appointment of 12 REOs to assist the commission in carrying out its mandate at the regional level before, during and after the electoral process.

The officials are Paulus Sifire who was appointed as the regional officer for Kavango East Region, Ester Hipangelwa for Oshikoto, Elizabeth Visagie for Kavango West, Elizabeth Shiningayamwe for Omusati, Mike Nganjone for Kunene, Aune Ndakeva for Erongo, Victoria Amutenya for Otjzondjupa, Jejamaije Mujoro for Karas, Amon Haimbangu for Oshana, Willem Uirab for Hardap, Henock Hanga for Ohangwena and Judika Fikunawa for the Khomas region.

The ECN added that the recruitment process in the Zambezi and Omaheke regions is ongoing.

Hamata said the PDM is vigilant in ensuring that no conflicts of interest compromise the effectiveness of the appointed of officials.

He said the party firmly believes that the credibility of the electoral system rests on the shoulders of individuals who are not only qualified but also free from any potential conflicts of interest that may cast doubt on their ability to discharge their duties impartially.

“Democracy is not an abstract concept; it is a living, breathing system that requires constant vigilance and commitment to its principles. The PDM, as a stakeholder in the democratic process, calls upon the ECN to uphold these principles by ensuring that the recently appointed REOs meet the highest standards of qualification and are devoid of any conflicts of interest,” Hamata added.

Moreover, the party urged the ECN to address these concerns promptly, reinforcing the foundation of Namibia’s democracy for the benefit of all citizens.

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