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INTERVIEW: Landless People’s Movement Applauds ECN Decision Granting Access to Political Parties

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In a recent development hailed as a significant step forward in democratic participation, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has responded positively to a request from the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) to grant political parties access to the registration process. Ivan Skrywer, representing the LPM, expressed his enthusiasm for this decision and outlined its implications in a recent statement.

Skrywer commended the ECN for its responsiveness, emphasizing that such progress is not achieved effortlessly but through persistent advocacy and engagement. The decision reflects a broader commitment to inclusivity and transparency in the electoral process, marking a milestone for political participation in Namibia.

At the heart of the matter is the recognition of political parties as stakeholders in the electoral process. By granting them access to the registration process through the Political Liaison Committee (PLC), the ECN acknowledges their rightful place in shaping the democratic landscape of the country. Skrywer emphasized that this access is not merely symbolic but empowers political parties to actively participate and oversee crucial aspects of the electoral process.

The LPM’s initiative underscores the importance of collective engagement in shaping electoral policies. Beyond securing access to registration, the LPM’s letter to the ECN also raised concerns regarding the exclusive focus of the code of conduct on political parties. Skrywer argued that regulatory frameworks should extend to all stakeholders involved in the electoral process, including law enforcement agencies and electoral bodies themselves. This call for accountability and equal treatment highlights the LPM’s commitment to upholding democratic principles and ensuring a level playing field for all participants.

The ECN’s acknowledgment of these concerns signifies a willingness to address systemic issues and foster a more equitable electoral environment. By incorporating feedback from political parties and civil society organizations, the ECN demonstrates its responsiveness to the diverse needs and perspectives within Namibian society.

Looking ahead, Skrywer affirmed the LPM’s commitment to actively engage in the registration process, monitoring it closely from beginning to end. This proactive stance reflects a broader commitment to civic engagement and accountability, essential elements of a vibrant democracy.

In conclusion, the ECN’s decision to grant political parties access to the registration process represents a significant milestone in the ongoing quest for democratic reform in Namibia. By embracing inclusivity and responsiveness, electoral institutions pave the way for greater transparency and legitimacy in the electoral process. The LPM’s advocacy efforts exemplify the power of collective action in shaping democratic governance and ensuring that the voices of all citizens are heard and represented.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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