More articles in this category
Top Stories

Latest indications from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) dating back from the 2017 financial year are that the number of Namibians who are bank...

Chairperson for the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Rodgers Kauta has officially resigned from his duties, permanent secretary in the ministry of w...

The defence council presiding over a case of rape and trafficking had a field day yesterday in the Windhoek High Court when the doctor who did the...

Namibian charcoal exports are expected to increase to 200 000 tons by 2020 from 160 000 tons that are exported annually. There are currently a...

The battle of who should rise to the vacant throne of the Shambyu Traditional Authority played out in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Angula ...

In a daring movie-style criminal act by suspected youths over the weekend, a Katutura-based ambulance was stolen and taken for a joy-ride before b...

Other Articles from The Villager

ECN to face a tough time as budget runs drastically low … while political parties bag N$91 million

16/04/2018
by Kelvin Chiringa
News

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will find the going getting tough ahead of national elections as its budget has been dealt a severe blow. 

The proposed ceiling for the 2018/19 financial year has been cut from N$106 million to only N$68 million, implying that its budget has been reduced by N$38 million while the entire capital project budget was cut to zero. 

From the paltry N$68 million, an amount of N$51 million has been put to personnel expenses for in-house staff while non-personnel expenses have been reduced to a measly N$17 million.  

Speaker of Parliament, Peter Katjavivi, last week raised the red card over the ability of the ECN to fulfill its mandate, “Usually such an amount of N$17 million under normal circumstances is merely for one division in the ECN and not for the whole agency.” 

He said that this implies that the N$17 million shall be distributed amongst all divisions of the vote counting body. 

Katjavivi has made his emotions clear and told parliament that the entire operations of the ECN will be greatly challenged during 2018/19.  

Budget break down. 

The ECN’s allocation goes to two main programs, policy coordination and support services and an amount of N$13 million has been allocated for contingency provisions for by-elections. 

Another N$8.9 million is for personnel expenditures and a mere N$4.7 million remaining for non-personnel expenses or procurement of goods and services.  

An amount of N$25 million has been put to voter education, N$20 million being for personnel expenses and N$4.7 million for the procurement of goods and services. 

ECN’s day to day activities will be backed up by an allocation of N$29 million with N$11 million distributed to the commission services, office of the chief executive officer, finance division, human resources management, auxiliary services and the IT section. 

“Despite such challenges, hopefully, the ECN has to discharge these duties successfully and thereby uphold the democracy enshrined in our constitution and the electoral law of the Republic of Namibia,” said Katjavivi. 

Meanwhile, political parties have been thrown their way an amount of N$91 million with N$39 million coming from the National Assembly’s initial budget allocation while N$52 million came from the contingency fund. 

“I should hasten to add that an amount of N$642 000 was deducted from our original operation budget and N$10 million from the development budget,” said the Speaker.