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Rehoboth parties join up for Namibian elections

Published by Oct 13, 2009

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The following article was published by NewEra:The All People's Party (APP) and the Rehoboth Ratepayers' Association (RRA) will sign a collective agreement to cooperate in the upcoming elections. The agreement will formally be signed in Rehoboth next Sunday at the Herrmanus van Wyk community hall.

According to the agreement, the RRA's membership will be lobbied to vote for the APP. APP President, Ignatius Shixwameni, confirmed the cooperation agreement, merely stating that the memorandum of understanding, already initialed, covers a broad range of issues. "This agreement means there is light at the end of the tunnel for Rehoboth to have representation in the National Assembly next year,"Â commented chairperson of the RRA, Lukas de Klerk. "The last time Rehoboth residents had representation in the National Assembly, was when Captain Hans Diergaardt was there."ÂDe Klerk was quick to point out that the RRA would not form an affiliate membership, or any other form of membership with the APP, but that there is a cooperation agreement on the National Assembly candidates list of the APP, on which De Klerk features in sixth position.

The RRA, he stressed, has membership of all ratepayers in Rehoboth consisting of people with diverse political sentiments and affiliations. "Members of the RRA are free to vote for whoever they wish, but the whole thing is not about Lukas de Klerk or any other individual; it is about what is in the best interest of the community,"Â said De Klerk. He said while various parties have indicated that they would like to have support from Rehoboth residents, they do not reflect such desire in their Parliamentary candidates' lists.

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has one Rehoboth resident, who is 41st on its list, while the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) has two Rehoboth residents (positions 10 and 12). "This [cooperation agreement] is news to me,"Â said Adam Isaak of the Democratic Party of Namibia (DPN), who said the DPN and the RRA have had separate consultations earlier to form an election pact.