Namibia – SWAPO To Convene Extraordinary Congress

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The Swapo Party will convene an extraordinary congress next year to amend the party constitution, according to secretary general Nangolo Mbumba. He confirmed this, but omitted details of the dates and particulars of the amendments during an interview with Nampa on Saturday, the third day of the party’s elective congress.

“We have amendments, even though we were not able to polish them to the standard we want. The language of the constitution must be precise as well as in line with other provisions. We are therefore going to have an extraordinary congress to approve these amendments,” he said.

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Once all the preparations have been passed through the political bureau and central committee, the amendments will then be approved at the planned extraordinary congress.
According to media reports, Namibian President and current vice-president of the party, Hage Geingob during a closed door congress session agreed that the amendments can be done next year.

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Recent media reports also had it that Helmut Angula, current secretary for information and mobilisation, noted that the amendments were primarily made to harmonise party structures in terms of operations.
According to Angula, the biggest amendment is that of gender balance, which is likely to have extensive implications once implementation starts.

The amendment stipulates a 50:50 gender representation in the CC.
Under the new constitution, all party structures will be compelled to comply with the 50:50 gender representation requirements by adopting a zebra style electoral system.

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This means that some men will have to drop out to give way for women, even if they have won.
This amendment also affects all party structures – from section, branch, district, regional to national levels, through to the upper most structures, including the top four leaders.

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