They add, “We also wish that the electorates exercise their democratic choices based on the objective conditions as they exist on the ground,” they add.
Regional and local authority elections in the Southern Africa nation are set to take place November 25 with eligible voters expected to elect local and regional representatives. The leadership of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has said that the polls will go forward on schedule despite COVID-19.
In their collective statement signed by NCBC President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, the Bishops call on eligible voters to exercise their civic duty.
“We call upon and encourage all registered voters in Namibia to participate in the upcoming very important Regional and Local Authority elections,” they say.
The Bishops add that Namibians getting out and voting “is with the view to exercise their democratic fundamental human rights and to freely and consciously elect leaders who would represent and serve their genuine and best interests to the best of their abilities at regional and local levels.”
“It is the people through free, fair, transparent, credible, and democratic elections, who transfer the exercise of this authority, but they retain possession of it,” NCBC members say, making reference to Article 1(2) of the country’s Constitution, which states, “All power shall be vested in the people of Namibia who shall exercise their sovereignty through the democratic institutions of the State.”
They laud the Namibian Government, all political parties, civil society organizations, and the citizenry, “for our continued contributions to bring about sustainable human development in the country with the objective of achieving equitable distribution of resources and a decent standard of living for all.”
“We also recognize all efforts aimed at promoting and maintaining peace, stability, co-existence and social cohesion in the country,” the Bishops in Namibia say in their October 2 collective message.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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