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German funding helps voter education

From the left, Uta Staschewski from the Hanns Seidel Foundation, German Ambassador HE Onno Hückmann, Theunis Keulder of NID, Naita Hishoona, also of NIDand Jana Wall of the German Embassy.

From the left, Uta Staschewski from the Hanns Seidel Foundation, German Ambassador HE Onno Hückmann, Theunis Keulder of NID, Naita Hishoona, also of NIDand Jana Wall of the German Embassy.

The German Ambassador to Namibia H.E. Onno Hückmann and the Executive Director of the Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID) Theunis Keulder signed a Project Agreement to fund the Institute’s Election Support Programme
The funding amounts to N$367,030. This follows initial support by the UNDP to this programme, which has as its overall objective to develop a social and political environment conducive to a transparent, free, fair, lawful, and balanced National and Presidential election process later this year. Ambassador Hückmann said at the signing ceremony that he is delighted to support NID’s project to strengthen civil society participation in voting.

He supports the aim of the NID project to improve the conditions for conducting free and fair elections, thus enhancing confidence in the democratization process as a key measure for fostering civil and political human rights. According to NID Executive Director, Theunis Keulder, it is important to ensure that each voter is completely knowledgeable about procedures to be followed before, during and after polling to ensure a transparent, free and fair process. The NID therefore aims to conduct voter education as part of ongoing civic education programmes.

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