WINDHOEK: The Swapo Party leadership has expressed disappointment over the conduct of a political party which transported people from Windhoek and elsewhere to fraudulently register people in the By-election in the Tsumkwe Constituency.
The elcetion is slated for November this year.
In a media statement availed to Nampa by the Chaiperson of the Swapo party leadership Taskforce to Tsumkwe Constituency Ngarikutuke Tjiriange said Swapo representatives in that constituency have observed the way some people who are none residents of Tsumkwe have fraudulently attempted to register themselves to participate in the By-election.
¨Swapo will critically scrutinize the voter´s roll, and shall the party find out that some unqualified people have registered, then we will formally request for the postponement of the holding of the By-election in order for this situation to be corrected,¨ he said.
The statement read that some of these people were stopped to register by the police adding that the Swapo party is now not sure whether some of them managed to register themselves or not.
Following the statement this political party brought in young people with three mini buses from Windhoek and elsewhere with the intention of illegally registering them to participate in the By-election.
¨Swapo will work hard to ensure that the process of the By-election is free and fair, and that there is no foul play,¨ the statement read.
Earlier this week Nampa reported that the chief administrative officer of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) Theophelius Uahongora admitted to transporting people from Windhoek to Gam to register voters for the Tsumkwe by-election.
He told the news agency that he personally organised three Iveco buses in which 115 NUDO supporters were transported from Windhoek to Gam, which falls under the Tsumkwe Constituency, last Thursday.
Uahongora said he did so to allow his members to register in a supplementary voters� registration exercise so that they could take part in the upcoming Tsumkwe by-election on 16 November.
¨I know them. They are legitimate residents of Gam, who are studying in Windhoek at the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia.
There is nothing wrong with me bringing them here,� Uahongora said in a telephonic interview from Gam.
Nampa also spoke to the the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)�s Tsumkwe Returning Officer, Freddy Rugharo who confirmed the allegation to the agency.
Rugharo said he allowed them to register after consulting with ECN officials in Windhoek, who instructed him not to refuse anyone to register.