by Sakeus Iikela

POLITICAL parties and candidates participating in next month’s presidential and National Assembly elections have accused the Electoral Commission of Namibia of forcing them to comply with certain processes without proper consultations.

This follows a failed event held in Windhoek yesterday which called for the signing of the elections code of conduct by political parties and the independent presidential candidate.

The event ended in chaos after some representatives of political parties and independent presidential candidate, Panduleni Itula, failed to reach consensus over the conduct of ECN officials.

The bone of contention was the manner in which ECN commissioners handled the programme for the event – barring Itula and representatives of political parties to ask questions.

Itula and others refused to bow down to the ECN’s request to stick to the programme without asking questions.

The code of conduct which was supposed to be signed yesterday is meant to protect political parties, their members, as well as independent candidates against bullying, intimidation and harassment by other participants in the upcoming elections.

The party representatives argued that the commission was forcing them to sign a code of conduct on which they were not consulted as stakeholders.

The ECN officials refused to entertain the objections and points of concern raised by the political parties, saying their points were not on the agenda.

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*This article was first published on 30 October 2019

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