Namibia: Neff's Iipumbu Preaches Peace and Stability

THE Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters' national coordinator, Kalimbo Iipumbu, has urged parties not to engage in acts that might destabilise the country if Friday's court ruling does not go in their favour.

NEFF is one of the applicants of an election court case against the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) that will be heard in the Supreme Court on Friday.

Iipumbu, independent candidate Panduleni Itula and three other applicants, Henk Mudge (Republican Party), Ignatius Shixwameni (All People's Party) and Mike Kavekotora (Rally for Democracy and Progress) are asking the court to set aside the result of the presidential election held on 27 November 2019, and to order that a fresh presidential election be held.

The five base their challenge on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the presidential election, arguing that the Electoral Act requires that the ECN should only use EVMs if they are accompanied by a verifiable paper trail.

Itula was quoted in the media in December as saying he will fight tooth and nail to bring the ECN to account.

"No stone, no rock, no pebble, no sand grain will be left unturned" he vowed on social media as he filed the case with his lawyers. However, Iipumbu, who has been supporting Itula, said this does not mean they do not want peace not to prevail in the country.

"We are in economic crises. Demonstrations will affect our country badly. We are known as the country of peace and stability all over the world and cannot tarnish that," Iipumbu told The Namibian in a recent interview.

He said that no matter the out-come of the court ruling, people should not engage in acts that can destabilise the nation.

He also advised independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula, Affirmative Respositioning (AR) and the Swapo Party to unite and come to the drawing board to discuss the future as they all belong to the same party.

"Even if the court strikes it [case] down, we should allow the comrade [president Hage Geingob] to continue for the next five years," Iipumbu responded when asked what will happen in case the applicants lost the court case.

Iipumbu said people should not live in anarchy. "We don't want Namibians to cry during the next elections so we want the paper trail. They (ECN) should have paper trails," Iipumbu said, adding that his party respects the rule of law.

He said that they will tell party members what the next step will be after the outcome of the court case.

Iipumbu said his party was concerned about the use of EVMs without a paper trail, as this gave rise to suspicions that the elections were rigged.

According to the poll results announced on 30 November, president Geingob won 56,3% of the votes cast, beating Itula into second place with 29,4% of the votes.

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