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INTERVIEW: Political Analyst Professor Ndumba Kamwanya Weighs in on Electricity Control Board (ECB) and Election Frequency

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In a recent interview, esteemed political analyst and professor, Ndumba Kamwanya, shared his views on the notion of holding elections annually. The discussion, brought to light the complexities and potential drawbacks of such frequent electoral processes.

Election Costs and Complexity

Professor Kamwanya firmly stated, “I don’t agree that we should hold elections every year. Elections themselves are very costly and complex to conduct.” He emphasized the financial and logistical burdens that annual elections would impose, suggesting that the resources required could be better utilized elsewhere.

Strengthening Political Institutions

Rather than focusing on frequent elections, Professor Kamwanya advocated for the fortification of political institutions. “For us to hold elected officials or representatives accountable, we need to mold our institutions to be strong,” he explained. He highlighted the importance of robust political structures to prevent the infiltration of personal interests, which can undermine democratic processes.

Risks of Weak Institutions

Kamwanya warned of the dangers posed by weak administrative and political institutions, stating, “When you have weak institutions, administratively and politically, then you have a problem because people can take a chance to rig those institutions.” His concerns underline the vulnerability of fragile systems to manipulation and corruption.

Feasibility of Annual Elections

Reiterating his stance, Professor Kamwanya declared, “Holding an election every year is impossible and unfeasible.” He argued that the focus should be on ensuring the efficacy and integrity of political institutions at all levels of government. “If we can make sure that we have strong political institutions at government level and across all three branches, we can eliminate incompetence and weak performances,” he concluded.

Professor Kamwanya’s insights call for a strategic approach to governance, prioritizing the development of resilient political frameworks over the impracticality of annual elections. His perspective adds a critical voice to the ongoing discourse on electoral reforms and institutional integrity in Namibia.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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