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MIb Bulletin November 2009 - Namibian Government

MIb Bulletin November 2009 - Namibian Government

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Govrnmnt Information BulltinNovmbr 2009
 
Rpublic of Namibia
Govrnmnt Information
Bulltin
 
Novmbr 2009
IN ThIs Issue
elctions Cod ofConductPag 62009 Prsidntail &National Assmblyto dlivr crdibllctionsPag 10-11Nws from thrgionsPag 18-20
Namibians at hom, abroad and at sa goto polls
By Ke Hyw
FREE/SpEcial
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ElEctionS HouSE: 
This building and it’s occupants have become centre of attention for some time now. The Electoral Commission has become the hive of activitiesfollowing the beginning of the campaign for the Presidentail and National Assembly Elections.
27 - 28 novEmBER 2009 
are election dates. Many Namibians cannot wait to cast their votes to give a mandate to a fth government of the Republic of Namibia for thenext ve years.
inSERt: 
Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Mr. Moses Ndjarakana
 
Govrnmnt Information BulltinNovmbr 2009
Govrnmnt Information Bulltin: Publiciing Govrnmnt
The Government Information Bulletin was
established through Cabinet decision number13
th
/04.07.06/002 as an ofcial information
bulletin to publicise the Government’sprogrammes, policies and activities for the
benet of Government institutions and the
Namibian public. All Government institutions
contribute towards the Bulletin. The GovernmentInformation Bulletin is published monthly by the
Ministry of Information and Communication
Technology. To meet the specic information
needs of communities, the public is invitedto send comments and suggestions onGovernment projects, programmes and policies,
which will then be covered in the Bulletin.
More Government news and information can
be accessed on the GRN news button on the
Government internet site at www.grnnet.gov.na
The Bulletin is distributed free of charge to rural
communities through the Ministry’s regional
ofces. The public and organisations arewelcome to subscribe to the Bulletin, but mailing
costs will be for the account of the subscriber.
Contnt
prive Bg
13344, Windhoek 
teehone
061 - 2839111
Fx
061 - 230170
E-mi
wdeetlefs@mib.gov.na.
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DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi,Windhoek.
lyo nd rining
Solitaire Press, Windhoek. 
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Sacrices of the liberation struggle were not in vain.......
3
Namibia donates school to Angola……………………..........
4
presiden hnds Frm uikoms o Sn
community…………...........................................................
5
Heroes’ Day: The rich history must be told, saysPohamba…........................................................................
6
Namibia and Russia sign agreements……………..............
7
2009 Election dates announced……………………….......…
7
Hausiku opens new Namibian chancery in Angola….......
8
Namibia commemorates the Day of theAfrican Child……...............................................................
9
Nam-Zim review areas of cooperation..............................
9
SaDc presidens em  o romoe ross
border tourism……...........................................................
10-11
Standards for residential child care launched..................
12
Namibia and Germany discuss developmentcooperation.......................................................................
13
Champions applaud Nam’s impressive feats onHIV/AIDS.........................................................................
14
Pohamba calls for rigorous behaviour changecampaigns........................................................................
14
Who are the champions for a HIV FreeGeneration?......................................................................
15
US renews support for Nambia’s ght againstHIV/AIDS.........................................................................
16
Refugees abused Namibian hospitality - Kaapanda........
17
Kaapanda applauds media self-regulation......................
18
News from Cabinet Chambers.........................................
19-20
From th Dk of th Minitr
On November 27 – 28, 2009,Namibians are once again
going o he os o eeino ower  residen nd
members of the NationalAssembly who will leaderour country for the next ve
yers.
Namibia will be twenty yearsold since independence on21 March 1990. The countryhas come of age after havingparticipated in four roundsof national elections. Ourdemocracy, peace and stabilityhave been consolidated andwe have become a model of democracy in Africa.Elections give us the opportunityto participate in the political affairs of our country to apply our informeddecisions to choose the people we want to lead us into prosperity.It is now time for all Namibians to stand up and go to the polls to votewisely so that we do not become complacent with what we have alreadyaccomplished. This is a decisive moment. Every decision we will make,will affect the future of our nation.Therefore, we must take these elections seriously to give a mandateto the people we feel are able and capable of making our countryprosperous.
For close to 20 years, the SWAPO-led Government has been building
a solid foundation of a country which was neglected by the apartheidcolonialism. It is only logic that the next Government we elect intopower will continue to implement development projects and programmesthat are aimed at alleviating poverty and raise standards of living of ourpeople.So, let our voices be heard while we vote in peace.Hon. Joël Kaapanda, Minister of Information and CommunicationTechnology
 
Government Information BulletinNovember 2009
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T
he Eect Cmmissin f Nmibi(ECN) cmpeted the sppementvte egisttin n 30 Septembe 2009cnt-wide. The ECN tgeted mstpepe wh tned 18 es, wh hdneve vted befe, wh st thei vtingcds nd whse cds gt dmged.Nmibins bd nd thse wking t
This is how the born-frees ocked to the registration centres around as proud Namibian 
se hve egisteed nd e expected ttn p in thei nmbes t execise theidemctic ights t chse thei piticepesenttives n Nvembe13, 2009.
By the end of the two weeks supplementaryvoter registration from 17 – 30 September 2009,992 Namibians in 26 countries had registered,bringing the total of eligible registered voters to291 592 as compared to only 82 321 registeredin the 2004 supplementary voter registration.They include people serving in Namibianforeign missions and other eligible individualvoters living abroad. The table below showsthe number of registered Namibian voters indifferent foreign countries.
Namibians at home, abroad and at sea goto polls
B Keni HiwCouNTry ToTal
Angola 13Austria 28Belgium 35Botswana 23Brazil 104China 21Cuba 60Republic of South Africa, (Cape Town) 95Democratic Republic of Congo 7Ethiopia 9Egypt 5France 12Germany 24India 20Malaysia 5Nigeria 5New York 54RSA (Pretoria) 94Russia 26Sweden 16Tanzania 13United Kingdom 33United States of America (Washington DC) 19Zambia 14Zimbabwe 257
ToTal 992
The ECN sees this voting process as signicant in the fulllment of theprovision of the recent amendment to the Electoral Act. A high number of voters abroad are expected to cast their votes in the November elections.Eligible voters abroad and at sea are expected to vote on 13 November2009. Scheduling the voting date for the voters abroad and at sea is incompliance with the law that stipulates that sea-going personnel haveto vote days before the actual voting date. The Ministry of Fisheries andMarine Resources, the Electoral Commission of Namibia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been working closely to make the exercise a resoundingsuccess.According to a press release issued on October 3, 2009, the improvementon the higher turn-out of the supplementary voter registration has beenattributed to the ECN’s commitment to hard work and the resourcesinvested on both the voter education and supplementary voter registration.“Despite critics and fears, many Namibians ocked to the registration pointsto register and have been able to receive their voting cards,” stated thepress release. It went on to explain that part of the success can be alsoattributed to the improved partnership between the ECN, media institutions,
Source: ECN 
Government, civic organizations and politicalparties that supported the voter educationcampaigns and in some cases conducted theirown education programmes to motivate peopleto register.The ECN noted the increased interest andenthusiasm in this year’s elections contrary tothe voter apathy which was “falsely professedthrough sensational and selective reportingby some of the print media”. “Our informationcampaigns have helped to raise awarenessand understanding of elections as a measureof democratic participation,”conrmed the ECNpress reease.The data reveals that the Khomas region ranksthe highest with a total of 52, 078 followed bythe Omusati region with 32, 657 and Ohangwenawith a total of 31, 643 in the number of votersgenerated through the recently concluded voterregistration.In 2004, a total of 978, 036 Namibians registeredto vote while the preliminary gures generallyindicated that more than 1, 300, 500 peoplemay be eligible to vote in this year’s elections.The ECN is urging Namibians to turn-out in largenumbers at the voting points to cast their votes.They are advised to guard against detractors of the electoral process who do not want to seeNamibia emerge as one of the most advanceddemocracies in Africa, “We should demonstrate
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