Head of the SADC electoral observation mission (SEOM) in Namibia Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri. Photo: SADC Secretariat

SAKEUS IIKELA

THE SADC Electoral Observation Mission will not interfere in the upcoming presidential and National Assembly elections in Namibia.

The mission, which was introduced in Windhoek on Monday, also pledged not to favour any political party or candidate in the upcoming elections, saying they will report all events fairly and according to the laws governing the national elections.

During the launch, head of the SADC electoral observation mission (SEOM) in Namibia, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, said their job from this week until 30 November was to observe the electoral process, and produce a report on the conduct of the election in the country.

They will furthermore be assessing the elections in line with the guidelines provided in the Electoral Act and tenets stipulated in the revised SADC principles and guidelines governing democratic elections.

These guidelines include the full participation of citizens in the political process, freedom of association, assembly and expression. They also include provisions on bribery, political violence, intimidation and intolerance, as well as the equal opportunities for all political parties to access state media.

Read more in today’s edition of The Namibian.

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