With focus now on the ruling Swapo Party’s elective Congress in December, The Villager has begun an opinion poll from its website readers, which has a subscriber base of 8000 users, where readers are voting for a candidate they would prefer as the next President of Namibia.
Swapo Party Vice President Dr. Hage Geingob and Secretary General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana were confirmed a fortnight ago as the two names that the politburo forwarded to the Central Committee from which the December Congress will chose Pohamba’s successor, while Jerry Ekandjo has been added by the Swapo Party Youth League.
The Villager newspaper last Friday opened its website to its readers to choose whom they prefer among the three.
“It’s exciting, opinion polls are usually designed to represent the opinion of the masses. We understand the Youth League has brought up the name of Jerry Ekandjo as their preferred candidate and there is room that other underdogs might emerge, so what we have done is put the names of the Politburo recommendations and the confirmed Youth League candidate up for voting. There is also a ‘None of the Above’ tag, meaning if a readers does not prefer the three, they simply cast on ‘None of the Above,” newspaper Managing Editor, Confidence Musariri said.
Musariri added that the current log-in format to the website is free until early next year as the newspaper is busy creating a solid data base of readers.
“Some website guests are not logging in because they think it’s costly, but it is just a control mechanism for us to know the type of our readers and market different products from our paper. You just log in for free. Only next year will readers be forced to pay to access the website. We are a weekly paper, but our website is updated every day, mainly with breaking news and other business news that drive the economy,” said Musariri.