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Commission ready- urges eligible voters to go out in numbers to exercise their democratic right

Commission ready- urges eligible voters to go out in numbers to exercise their democratic right

The Electoral Commission of Namibia, a day before the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections has assured the public and the nation at large of the Commission’s unwavering commitment to deliver free, fair, transparent and credible elections.

The ECN chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja, said this at a media brief held in Windhoek, where she encouraged all voters to go out in numbers to exercise their democratic right and vote on Wednesday 27 November.

According to Tjipueja the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections got off to a good start with the Special Voting conducted on the 13 November.

“The election campaign was generally conducted in a peaceful manner and a calm atmosphere has prevailed across the country. No incidents of violence or intimidation have been officially reported to the ECN,” she added.

Tjipueja said the final national voters’ register stands at a total number of 1, 358,468 and the ECN has recruited a total number of 16,668 election officials.

“In terms of EVM Regulations, all the EVMs must be subjected to a First Level Check (FLC) before the voting machines are used to conduct an election. However, before the FLC took place, electoral data and all election results of the previous elections, including by-elections, were cleared from the EVM’s,” she added.

Meanwhile, she said in terms of the Electoral Act No.5 of 2014 the election results for the Presidential and National Assembly elections shall be announced at the Polling stations by the Presiding Officers and at the Collation/Constituency centers by the Returning Officers.

“However, the same Act also provides for the election results to be verified by the Chief Electoral Officer and Referenda Officer and submitted to the Chairperson of the Commission for final announcement,” she said.

“In practical terms, this means an establishment of a Central Election Result Center (CERC) at the ECN head office, where the election results shall be aggregated and consolidated to the national level before being officially announced and disseminated to the media and the nation at large.”

The elections will see 7 candidates battle for presidency, while 15 political parties will battle for the parliamentary election. Tjipueja at the media brief also confirmed that two presidential candidates filled a request for their withdrawal from the race.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

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Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.