Electoral Commission of Namibia

Cabinet decision and year of Enactment

Date of review

Name of Document Purpose/ Rationale of policy/ Strategies

10 August 2009

Not yet reviewed

To amend certain definitions and insert new definitions; to provide for the establishment of temporary registration points outside Namibia; to provide for the appointment and remuneration of coordinators and assistant coordinators for registration purposes and for their powers, functions and duties and lines of reporting; to provide that parents and other persons may declare that a person who applies for registration as a voter has reached the age of 18 years; to provide for the publication, prior to registration of a political party, of certain particulars and for the objecting to such particulars and the hearing of appeals; to provide that staff members appointed by the Commission on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs may hear appeals in relation to any refusal to register a person as a voter; to provide that the Commission may accredit persons to provide voter education in respect of elections; to provide for registered political parties to conduct voter education to members, supporters and sympathisers; to provide that in the case of an election for the President or for members of the National Assembly the poll at polling stations outside Namibia shall take place 14 days before the day determined upon which the poll shall take place within Namibia; to provide that the Commission may accredit persons to observe elections; to provide for voting by way of voting machines; to allow for the counting of votes at polling stations and for the posting of results at polling stations; to provide for the determination by lot of the result of an election of members of the National Assembly or of members of a local authority; to extend the offences relating to impersonation; to provide for additional offences; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

12 June 2012

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992, so as to provide for the use of a digital voter registration system during the registration of voters; and to provide for incidental matters.

13 August 2010

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992, so as to extend the term of office of the current members of the Electoral Commission to 30 June 2011, and to provide for incidental matters.

17 November 1999

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992 so as to make provision for the suspension of the process of continuous registration of voters when a general registration of voters is to take place; to make provision for the appointment of only one returning officer for polling stations outside Namibia; to make other provision for the verification and counting of tendered votes

20 August 2013

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the extension of the deadline on which the 10 years interval expires to a certain date in future within which the third general registration of voters shall take place; and to provide for incidental matters.

20 October 1994

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992, so as to insert, replace or delete certain definitions; to remove all provisions relating to polling districts; to repeal the requirement that provisional voters' registers be published in the Gazette and to provide that such registers shall be made available for public inspection and be furnished to certain political parties; to make provision for a system of continuous registration of voters; to repeal the provisions prohibiting the Director of Elections from amending the voters' register during time of elections; to revise the provisions relating to the determination of the polling day; to provide that certain persons shall not be eligible for appointment as election agents or counting agents; to require that a declaration of secrecy be made by candidates at an election; to provide for the submission of photos of candidates and of heads of political parties at nomination for purposes of inclusion in ballot papers; to further regulate the establishment of polling stations; to assign to the Chairperson of the Commission the functions previously entrusted to the Chief Justice at presidential elections; to alter the procedure prescribed in relation to the use of voters' registers at polling stations; to restrict the system of voting by means of authorization votes to certain elections only; to make provision for a system of voting by means of tendered votes; to further regulate the manner in which public notices shall be given; to make further _provision concerning the days which shall be ignored in determining the day for the commencement or conclusion or the doing of anything which is required by the Act to commence or conclude or to be done on a particular date; and to provide for matters incidental thereto

22 December 2006

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992, in order to provide that the returning officer for a local authority area in question shall forthwith declare, if only one political party has submitted a list of candidates in an election for members of a local authority council, and the persons whose names appear on the list have been declared duly nominated as the candidates of the political party in question, the persons whose names appear on that list to be the duly elected members of the local authority council in question; to insert a certain definition in the Local Authorities Act, 1992, and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

23 December 2002

Not yet reviewed

To provide for the period during which the second general registration of voters shall take place; to withdraw a proclamation; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

23 October 1998

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Act, 1992

26 June 1999

Not yet reviewed

To amend the Electoral Amendment Act, 1998, so as to insert transitional provisions relating to the Commission and the Director; and to provide for incidental matters.

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