SEOM launches Namibian elections mission in Windhoek

SEOM launches Namibian elections mission in Windhoek

The head of SADC Observation Mission (SEOM) to Namibia has urged Namibians to ensure a free, fair and transparent election.
Oprah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also Zimbabwe's Defence and War Veterans Minister, says her mission has established that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is ready to conduct the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Muchinguri-Kashiri further stressed that SEOM is in Namibia at the invitation of the ECN and this is in line with the United Nations(UN), African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community(SADC) protocols on ensuring credible elections aimed at building democratic institutions towards the consolidation of democracy.
She maintained the purpose the mission is to prevent corruption during elections, guard against political intimidation, ensure respect for social justice and judicial independence, civic education and that parties accept the outcome.
SEOM, which start its operation on Monday, has 53 observers from different SADC countries who will be deployed to all 14 regions to monitor pre-, during and post-election related activities.
The mission will issue its preliminary statement on 29 November.