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Political parties unrealistic about polls outcome

Tue, 22 October 2013 01:15
by Online Writer
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The Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) says the cluelessness of political parties on the electoral laws leads to delusional expectations from voting polls and that the revised Namibian Electoral Act is to be completed by year-end or early next year.

LRDC chairperson, Sacky Shanghala has thus urged the concerned party leaders "to adjust our expectations to reality."

At a media briefing this afternoon, Shangala said some political parties tend to expect miracles to happen at polling stations and then cry foul when they do not get the numbers they had anticipated.

During a consultative process carried out by Shanghala and team, they found out some members of political parties in Namibia are unfamiliar with the electoral laws.

He addressed the allegations of rigged elections and of foreigners being shipped into polling stations under the disguise of sworn statements, to vote for certain political parties, saying, there has been no evidence of votes being bought in Namibia. However, Shangala said he would be open to the idea if it is thoroughly thought-out, especially when it comes to communities that often do not to have identification documents such as the Ovahimba or Sun people.

“Elections are central to Namibia’s democracy, therefore, it requires deep consultation, thorough work on the part of policy formulation and precession in textual arrangement of laws,” Shanghala said, adding, political parties have since suggested mobile polling stations be completely removed.