COVID-19 won’t stop Namibia polls

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Tiri Masawi 

Windhoek – Namibia’s Chief Elections Officer, Theo Mujoro, on Monday said the country would go ahead with scheduled local government elections in November.

There had been speculation that the COVID-19 pandemic would affect the electoral timetable, but Mujoro told journalists that authorities would ensure voters in the polls would abide by health regulations.

"There is no need to talk about postponing elections. We are going to go ahead and make sure that people are abiding by the set regulations. COVID-19 is not going anywhere and we need to make sure we have prepared adequately for the process to go smoothly," he said.

Mujoro also said Namibia had set aside sufficient resources to hold the elections, and he urged elible voters to participate in the ongoing registration and verification exercise.

In June, Malawi held a presidential election rerun despite the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully staging the polls in the absence of foreign observers and monitors.

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