The highly-publicized People Organised Working for Economic Reality (POWER) political outfit might miss this year’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections in November as it is still waiting for more people to join, says founder Michael Amushelelo.
At the time of its formation, POWER created hype around the country catching media attention when Amushelelo indicated that they intent to unseat the ruling Swapo Party and restore the dignity of poor and young Namibians among other intentions.
Prominent unionist, Evilastus Kaaronda also joined the rank and file of POWER and further announced that he will challenge for State presidency in November.
However, more signatures are still needed for POWER to meet the requirement to register as a political party with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).
According to the Electoral Act, POWER will need not less than 3 500 signatures from registered voters distributed evenly from a minimum of seven of the regions in the country.
In July this year, Amushelelo who is a young entrepreneur, moaned about people not signing up for the hopeful party, questioning whether Namibians “really want change or just love complaining’.
Speaking to CND-News recently, Amushelelo indicated that he does not think that POWER will participate in the upcoming elections but looks forward to the Regional and Local Government Elections in 2020.
“People still need to understand our ideology and political philosophy before they make
a decision of voting for us. This is what we are facing because we are a new party,” explained Amushelelo.
“We have people in the regions and surely we will partake in those Regional and Local Government Elections, whilst preparing for the next National Assembly and Presidential Elections in 2024,” he said.
During a recent interview with CND-News, ECN chief executive officer Theo Mujoro hinted that there is limited time left for a political party to register for this year’s elections.
“The Electoral Act does not prescribe a closing period for the registration of political parties, Mujoro said.
“The application for registration as a political party with the ECN is an extensive process that may take up to three months depending on how many corrections or alterations have to be made, bear in mind that there is also a 30-day objection period provided to registered political parties for the lodging of objections to the registration of a political party.”
Mujoro added that this process is to ensure that the application complies with all the legal requirements of the electoral law before the application is handed over to the Directorate of Legislative Drafting in the Ministry of Justice for perusal and certification.
As such, a political party that would like to participate in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections and have not registered yet with the ECN at this stage, may not be able to participate in the November elections, noted Mujoro.
“The ECN has what is called an election calendar, as per this calendar, the nomination period starts on the October 1, 2019 and by then, the ECN would still be evaluating the application.”