Head of SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) presenting the preliminary statement following the holding of the 2019 presidential & National Assembly elections in Namibia. Photo: SADC Secretariat

CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE

A CROSS section of election observers monitoring the pre-and post-election environment in Namibia have called for the Electoral Commission of Namibia to create a broad-based engagement with civil society in the future to give more credence to the electoral process.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission (SEOM), African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM), Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries (ECF-SADC), as well as the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission also called for the possibility of amending the electoral law to allocate enough resources to the state broadcaster, NBC, to enable them to cover all parties equally in line with the SADC election handbook guidelines.

The observers made their preliminary statements on Friday following Namibia’s voting process on 27 November.

The missions recommended that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) consider introducing the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail component to the EVMS with the aim of improving transparency and building trust in the voting process.

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