Namibia: NDF Ups Security Levels Ahead of Elections

People standing in line at the Erongo Regional office to get their duplicate voter cards.
27 November 2019

THE Namibian Defence Force says it has elevated the security level, and taken necessary measures to protect national key points and the citizens, a media statement issued this afternoon states.

The raising of the security level, the NDF says, follows its observations of "dangerous insinuations" published across social media ahead of tomorrow's election.

This is contained in a statement issued today by Air Vice Marshal Martin Kambulu Pinehas.

"These dangerous insinuations are meant to intimidate voters, destroy national unity and cohesion, cause resentment towards leadership; particularly against the head of state and government, and instill fear in the general public during and after elections," Air Vice Marshall Martin Pinehas said in the statement.

The statement continues that: "What is most surprising is the fact that the issuers of threats are purportedly doing so on behalf of certain candidates, however, none amongst those political parties or presidential candidates have ever condemned or distanced themselves from these threats."

The NDF makes a stern assertion that it will continue to serve the current government -which will remain in power until 21 March 2020-emphasising that the country's electoral system does not provide for the dissolution of government during elections.

Further, the NDF appeals to citizens to ensure that the country remains peaceful and stable as well as warns those partaking in the distribution of unpatriotic messages to stop doing so.

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