Monday, December 7, 2009

Update - Viva Nambobbejania!

Any game has its rules. A player who repeatedly and wilfully breaks the rules, will normally be disqualified from that match. This is normal procedure in any civilized country, otherwise there is no point in playing the game, is there?

In civilized countries people are encouraged to stick to the rules of the game, and even the umpires are aware that their decisions are under constant scrutiny. However, when the game is played in a democratic African country like Namibia for example, the rules change drastically. Also, --- it is not uncommon to find that the umpires normally turn a blind eye to the rules.

I’m referring here to the recent parliamentary elections held in Namibia on 27–28 November 2009. Although elections can hardly be considered a game, one cannot argue the fact that the rules regulating this extremely vital democratic process, should at least (as a minimum requirement) be as strict as the rules regulating a soccer match or a boxing tournament.

In Namibia’s case the outcome was so predicable that it can hardly be considered newsworthy. After taking almost a week to count and recount the votes, the ruling Swapo Party has again won the election with a runaway 75,27 percent. Although evidence of corruption, intimidation, and threats of violence were widespread, the 24-member AU Observer Mission has accepted these ‘features’ as normal African behaviour, and declared the elections as "free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible, despite minor logistical problems as well as irregularities here and there". In a boxing match, this would be equivalent to stating:

“We declare Swapo the winner, despite a little head-butting and a few blows under the belt, -- here and there!”

EIGHT political parties in Namibia do not accept the results of this election, and have decided to take the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to court for allegedly contravening the election law.

"Our legal team sent a notice to the ECN on Saturday to inform them that eight political parties will contest the election results," Libolly Haufiku, administrative manager of the RDP, said yesterday.

"We hope for the court case to start already this week. Enough evidence was collected now to justify a court action. Our lawyers found we all collected sufficient evidence. As soon as all parties which are part of the court action have completed collecting more evidence of irregularities, which should be Monday or Tuesday, the matter will go ahead." Full Report Here.

RDP press release

I hope they don’t recount the ballot papers again, because this time round it will surely give Swapo a 90 percent lead!

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