Most frequent questions and answers
How do i qualify to be nominated as a candidate for the Regional Council elections?
In terms of the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014,
A person may only be nominated as a candidate for election as
a member of a regional council if the person –
(a) qualifies to be a member of a regional council as contemplated in section 6 (please see referred to below) of the Regional Councils Act;
(b) is nominated:
(i) as a member of a registered political party, by the political
(ii) as an independent candidate whose nomination is supported by at least 150 registered voters in the constituency for which the nomination is intended.
(2) A person may not at a general election or, if more than one by-election for members of regional councils take place on the same day, be nominated as a candidate in more than one constituency.
What are the requirements to qualify as a Member of a Regional Council?
In terms of Section 6 of the Regional Councils Act and subjection to the provisions of Article 17 (2) of the Namibian Constitution, no person shall be qualified to be a member of a regional council
(a) unless he or she –
(i) is registered, in terms of the laws governing elections for members of regional councils, as a voter for an election for members of regional councils;
(ii) is qualified to be elected as a member of the National Council in terms of Article 72 of the Namibian Constitution;
(iii) is ordinarily resident within the constituency for which he or she is elected, or, if such person is not so resident at the time of his or her election, becomes so ordinarily resident within a period of three months as from the date of his or her election as such a member;
(b) if he or she is a member of any other regional council.
(2) (a) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any law, but subject to the provisions of paragraph (b), a remunerated member of the public service, contemplated in paragraph (e) of Article 47(1) of the Namibian Constitution, may accept nomination as candidate for election as a member of a regional council, but shall, if he or she is elected as such a member, be deemed to have resigned from the public service, as so contemplated, with effect from the date on which he or she is so elected.
(b) A remunerated member of the public service referred to in paragraph (a) who has been nominated as candidate for election as a member of a regional
council shall be deemed to be on leave until the date on which such election takes place as if such leave were granted to him or her in terms of the laws governing the conditions of employment of members of such public service or any agreement governing the conditions of employment of such member, as the case may be.
(3) For purposes of paragraph (a)(iii) of subsection (1):
A person shall be regarded as being ordinarily resident in the constituency in question if his or her home or the place where he or she normally lives and to which he or she returns regularly after any period of temporary absence, is within such constituency.
(4) Any person who is in terms of the provisions of the Namibian Constitution and this section disqualified to be a member of a regional council and who, while he or she is so disqualified and knowing or having reasonable grounds for knowing that he or she is so disqualified, sits as a member of such regional council, shall be liable to a penalty of R500 for each day on which he or she so sits, which may be recovered by such regional council by action in any competent court for the benefit of the funds of such regional council.
How do I submit my nomination forms and where do I get them?
After the publication of the proclamation in the Government Gazette in terms of section 64 (1) (a) (ii) announcing the publication of the nomination period by the President. The ECN will announce the names and contact details of returning officers for each of the 121 constituencies where potential candidates can collect the prescribed forms for nomination of candidates for the regional council elections.
Is there a deadline for the provision of the nomination forms to potential candidates for the 2020 regional council elections?
Yes, the deadline will be announced as soon as the proclamation of the nomination period has been published. Upon the nomination day and at the place and time determined in respect of any constituency, the returning officer concerned must in accordance with section 81 hold a public sitting for the submission of the nomination of candidates for a regional council election for that constituency.
A nomination as candidate for a regional council election may be submitted to the returning officer for a constituency at any time after the publication of the appropriate proclamation in terms of section 64(1)(a)(ii) of the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014, but before the close of the sitting.
When am I as a candidate duly nominated to participate in the 2020 Regional council elections?
A candidate for an election as a member of a regional council is regarded as having been duly nominated if –
(a) his or her nomination is made in the prescribed form and –
(i) in the case of a candidate nominated by a registered political party, duly signed by the person who is the authorized representative of the political party or any other office-bearer of the political party authorised thereto in writing by the authorised representative and stamped with the seal of the political party; or
(ii) in the case of an independent candidate, duly signed by any two persons whose names appear on the list referred to in paragraph (e):
(iii) is accompanied by a photo of the candidate, in the form and of the colours as may be acceptable to the returning officer, but subject to any requirements laid down by the Commission;
(b) the candidate consents to the nomination by any instrument in writing before the close of the sitting; and;
(c) the nomination is accompanied by a receipt that an amount of N$ 2500 has been deposited with the State Revenue Fund by or on behalf of the registered political party or candidate; and
(d) in the case of a nomination by a registered political party, the nomination is accompanied by a copy of the registration certificate of the political party concerned and certified as such by a justice of the peace or a commissioner of oaths; or
(e) in the case of a nomination as an independent candidate, there is submitted to the returning officer concerned, not later than four o’clock in the afternoon of the second day before the nomination day, a list containing the names, voter registration numbers and residential addresses of, and signed by, the persons supporting the nomination of the candidate referred to in section 79(1)(b)(ii), none of whom has already signed in support of any other candidate in respect of the election concerned.
How do I register for the 2020 Regional Councils elections as an Independent Candidate?
There is no registration process required with the ECN in order to be an Independent Candidate. Potential Independent Candidates are however required, at any time after the publication of the appropriate proclamation by the President announcing when a general election or by-election is to take place for any member of a regional council, in respect of each constituency of which the election is to take place in accordance with section 63 and 64(1)(a)(ii) of the Electoral Act, No. 5 of 2014 to collect prescribed forms for nomination as candidates from the respective returning officers for the different constituencies.
The Control Unit is the control section of the EVM and it is only operated by the polling official. This unit controls the polling process. The Control Unit consists of four sections, the display screen, candidate set, results and ballot button.
The Ballot Unit is the voter interface and voters only interact with this unit and not the Control Unit. It consists of a permanently fixed interconnecting cable which connects the Ballot Unit to the Control Unit, ready lamp buttons, one register lamp button, slide switch window, and 15 candidate buttons. A ballot paper is inserted under the transparent screen of the Ballot unit.
Voting using the EVM
The EVM does not change the existing voting pattern but only replaces the issuing of a paper ballot by the press of a green button on the Control Unit and instead of the voter marking or making a cross on the ballot paper, he/she will be pressing a green button corresponding to the political party or candidate of his or her choice. The voter then has to press the red Register button on the Ballot Unit to complete the voting process.
The other processes in the polling station such as Verification of Voter Identity against the voter register, checking if a voter has voted before under the Ultra Violet Light and the Inking process are retained.
According to Section 39(1)(a) the principal object of a political party should be to participate in and promote elections including-
- The nomination of persons as candidates for any such elections in accordance with the provisions of the Act;
- The canvassing for votes for a candidate at any such elections;
- The devotion of any of its funds or any part thereof to the election expenses of any candidate or the funds of any other political party taking part in any such elections
- No object of a political party should be prejudicial to the safety of the State, the public welfare or the peace and good order;
- Membership of a political party should not be excluded or restricted on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status;
Furthermore, the application must be accompanied by:
- Proof of payment of the amount of N$ 10 000 for registration;
- The party’s constitution; and
- A declaration signed by at least 500 members of the political party whose names appear on the national voters’ register to the effect that these voters support the registration of the political party.
Section 39(3), which prescribes the information the application form should contain, is contained in form Elect 3, attached hereto.
According to Section 39(4) the declaration signed by at least 500 members of the political party shall contain the following:
(a) the full names and voters’ registration numbers of the persons who have signed the declaration; and
(b) the names or numbers, as the case may be, of the regions and constituencies in respect of which such signatories are registered.
How do I register?
To vote in any of the elections, you have to be a registered voter. You can register in your respective local authority and constituency and you only have to regsiter once as a voter.
Who can register?
- be a Namibian citizen
- be 18 years old or above and
To register as a voter you need proof of Identity, Age and Namibian Citizenship by producing one of the following documents:
- your valid green passport or New Namibian ID, or Old Namibian ID
or one of the following combinations
- Citizenship Certificate and Old Namibian ID (if you were born outside Nambia)
- Namibian Birth Certificate and New Namibian Driver’s Licence
- Namibian Birth Certificate and two registered deponents
- Proof of Residency
To register to vote in any local authority council election, take along your Telecom or Municipal/Town/Village electricity and water bills to prove that you have lived in that area for 12 consecutive months. Alternatively bring along one person who is a registered voter in that particular local authority area to make a statement under oath that he/she knows that you have lived there for 12 consecutive months.
What is Biometrics?
Biometrics (or biometric authentication) refers to the identification of humans by their characteristics or traits. Biometrics is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control. What is the VRK? The Voter Registration Kit (VRK) is the computerized unit that captures the voter data. It comprises a computer (laptop), a fingerprint scanner, signature pad and camera. In addition, the mobile voter registration kit (MVRK) has a printer component that allows voter cards to be printed at the registration point.
What data is captured by the VRKs?
The biometrics system developed by the ECN takes the personal identification information of a voter (for example name, surname, address, region, etc.) and combines it with the unique biological fingerprint of the voter.
How is the data used?
The data is uploaded to a central computer system (server) and then the fingerprints of each voter are compared to every other fingerprint on the system. The server will identify duplicate ID numbers as well as duplicate fingerprints. These identified duplicates are then sent for manual verification by a senior ECN staff member for further action.
The data is then stored on a voters roll which includes the particulars of a voter together with the picture as captured on the system.
What information is on the card?
The voter card contains the basic personal information such as name, surname and address as well as information regarding the type of elections the voters qualifies for such as National, Presidential, Regional or Local Authority elections.
How is the card used during voting?
During voting, the voter’s card can be used in two ways to verify the voter:
- Manual recognition (and verification on the voters roll) of the voter from the card through their picture and other details;
- Electronic recognition through a device which has a full copy of the voters roll. This verification device allows the card to be scanned and verified against the voters roll, as well as allowing voter confirmation through the comparison of the fingerprint after the voter’s card is scanned.
What happens if a card is lost?
The ECN will have a supplementary registration during which voters can also apply for a duplicate voter’s card. A process for continuous registration will also be introduced which will allow voters to apply for duplicates at designated regional centres.