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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most frequent questions Election Watch has received about the November 27 elections. The answers are provided by Election Watch in consultation with the Electoral Commission of Namibia

What am I voting for in the upcoming election?
At the elections taking place on November 27 2015 registered voters will elect their local authority and regional council representatives.

Overview of the regional and local elections

On November 27th, 2015, Namibians will head to the polls to elect Regional Councillors and Local Authority Councillors of their choice.
Regional Councils and Local Authorities are important elements of Namibia’s governance system because they are tasked with bringing government closer to the people in terms of service delivery and development at the grassroots level.

The value of presidential debates

Despite being a democracy for 24 years, Namibia has not yet managed to organise a debate among presidential candidates ahead of national elections. Namibian politicians rarely debate each other in public forums outside parliament – and this election campaign has been especially lacking in interactive discussions involving candidates. Most politicians prefer the safety of the soapbox rather than environments where their views and policies could be questioned and challenged.

1,241,194 register to vote

With the election scheduled for the 28th of November 2014, the Electoral Commission of Namibia has confirmed the number of registered voters expected to participate during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Majority of people registered are young people between the ages of 18-32 (45.50%). After the supplementary registrations of voters which took place from the 8-20 September 2014, the amount of registered voters stood at 1,277,578 of which 36,384 were removed because they were duplications or had died. This brought the amount of registered voters to 1,241,194.

What are Namibians saying ahead of the elections?

From this Tuesday the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) will start releasing findings from the latest Afrobarometer public opinion survey. In August 2014 some 1,200 people countrywide were interviewed about their views on a range of political, economic and social matters including governance issues and their experiences of poverty and various hardships. The questions covered levels of trust in various Namibian leaders and institutions. Also included in the survey is an opinion poll about citizen's voting intentions.

Election date confirmed as Nov 28

The election date was proclaimed in Government Gazette No. 5587 of October 13 2014 as being Friday November 28 2014. In the Gazette (see attached) President Hifikepunye Pohamba said he had “determined Friday, 28 November 2014 as the date upon which a poll shall take place, from the hours 07h00 to 21h00, for the election of a President as well as for the election of members of the National Assembly.”
The polling day at various Namibian missions abroad will be November 14 from 07h00 to 21h00 hours while voting sea-going personnel will also vote on November 14.

Election bill likely to become law after Oct 13

Namibia's Electoral Bill, which has been passed by Parliament, is likely to become a fully-fledged law after October 13 this year - just a few weeks before the national election scheduled for November 28. The election date is due to be confirmed in the Government Gazette on Monday October 13 in terms of the old 1992 Electoral Act. After the date has been confirmed it is expected that the new Electoral Act will come into force and the 1992 Act will be formally repealed.


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