Slow start for Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency by-elections

Voting in the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency by-election got off to a slow start Monday morning.Providing an update on the by-election to the media on Monday, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager, De Wet…

Voting in the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency by-election got off to a slow start Monday morning.

Providing an update on the by-election to the media on Monday, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager, De Wet Siluka said voters only started arriving at the various polling stations later in the day.

Siluka said all polling stations opened at 07h00 and no challenges had been reported by midday.

The ECN set up six fixed polling stations at Aroab and Koës and in Krönlein in Keetmanshoop, while other villages and settlements were being served by six mobile teams.

The by-election was necessitated by the expulsion of constituency councillor Gerrit Witbooi from the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).

The ECN registered 6 675 eligible voters during the supplementary voter registration for the by-election.

LPM, Swapo, the Popular Democratic Movement and the Independent Patriots for Change are contesting the by-election.

The elections are taking place amid allegations by LPM leader Bernadus Swartbooi that the ECN and Swapo party registered 120 new voters who were not part of the supplementary voter registration.

The ECN’s Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, Theo Mujoro, on Sunday however dismissed the allegations.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

National jurisdictions hampering law enforcement agencies: Shikongo

Criminal syndicates are taking advantage of the countless layers of restrictions law enforcement agencies face, given that they are limited to working within national jurisdictions.This is according to Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation…

Criminal syndicates are taking advantage of the countless layers of restrictions law enforcement agencies face, given that they are limited to working within national jurisdictions.

This is according to Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) Chairperson and Inspector General (IG) of the Namibian Police Force, Joseph Shikongo, who said organised crime syndicates have gone global and are operating across nations, thereby merging and collapsing SADC borders in the process.

“This situation is compounded by the fact that organised crime syndicates have also digitalised their criminal activities and it only takes a click for them to use cyberspace to commit a crime from miles away,” he expressed.

Shikongo was speaking at the opening of the inaugural SADC Multi-Stakeholder Regional Conference on Transnational Organised Crime Conference in Swakopmund on Monday.

The IG also highlighted the lack of cooperation by law enforcement agencies at national and regional levels, as one of the most prominent and generic challenges observed.

“We are operating in silos. Hence, our efforts to prevent and combat transnational organised crime are fragmented and are characterised by a piecemeal approach. I therefore would like to emphasise that we need to forge unity and fight this crime from a united front and a common understanding, which will enhance resource mobilisation, through forging public-public partnerships, since in the most cases law enforcement agencies are under-resourced, while criminals are well-equipped by criminal syndicates,” Shikongo said.

SADC Secretariat’s Acting Director of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, Kealeboga Moruti at the same occasion stressed the importance of cooperation to effectively fight transnational organised crimes within the region.

“The decision to host this first-ever regional conference communicates with clarity the commitment of SADC chiefs of police, whose roles are undeniable in initiating robust measures and mechanisms to effectively combat transnational organised crime.”

The conference, which is being attended by chiefs of police from SADC countries, is aimed at enhancing regional frameworks and efforts to prevent and combat transnational organised crimes.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency