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The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has elected against holding a by-election in three months at Keetmanshoop Urban constituency to fill the vacancy left by Maxie Minnaar who died last week in a Windhoek hospital. A near diplomatic row was averted after an angry mob attacked two Namibian nationals in Cape Town last week during a search for a three-year-old boy who went missing on Monday at Hout Bay. WINDOKO – Sintolo sa Namibia sa Pick n Pay nesi zibahalize viki yefelile kuli babeleki ba 229 basiizwe misebezi, kamabaka akuli tekiso haizamai hande. Over 760 000 Namibians have so far benefited from the emergency income grant (EIG) that government started rolling out in April nationally to cushion the impact of Covid-19 on the less privileged. President Hage Geingob has called on fellow leaders within SADC, particularly the region’s organ on politics, defence and security cooperation to take decisive action in addressing issues of insecurity in the region. The country yesterday woke up to the news that former director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Moses Ndjarakana is no more. “How will the commission be able to conduct the supplementary registration of voters slated to take place from 7-15 September 2020, and the election itself on 25 November 2020, while there is a restriction on gatherings?” Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo has written to President Hage Geingob requesting him to accord former director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Moses Ndjarakana a state funeral. President Hage Geingob has described veteran politician Dirk Mudge as a peacemaker who contributed immensely to nation-building. Mudge died yesterday in a Windhoek hospital at the age of 92. Outgoing City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise (RK) this week spoke to New Era journalist Kuzeeko Tjitemisa (KT) on his highlights and challenges during his tenure at the country’s biggest municipality. The executive director of the ministry of education Sanet Steenkamp said they have done thorough research before advising President Hage Geingob to consider reopening schools for face-to-face learning from 7 September, including in Windhoek, which is now considered the epicentre of the coronavirus. Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) says it will go ahead with next week’s supplementary registration of voters amid Covid-19 state of emergency restrictions that discourage gatherings of more than ten persons. National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) secretary general Josef Kauandenge yesterday called for the postponement November regional council and local authority elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua has appealed to residents of Okahandja who might be affected by the pending land eviction to remain calm, saying his office is working directly with the municipality in the implementation of the accelerated land delivery programme in an orderly and organised manner. Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has sounded an urgent call for Namibians to transform and modernise agriculture into a vertically and horizontally integrated sector in order for it to serve as the strong bedrock of the country’s economic recovery efforts. The Covid-19 pandemic, which has posed a profound challenge for the delivery of elections in many countries this year, has led to questions over Namibia’s readiness to safely and securely hold its regional council and local authority polls in November this year. The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says it is opposed to the idea of resuming face-to-face learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi this week expressed his condolences over the death of former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee who died on Monday aged 84. Mukherjee was the president of India from 2012 to 2017. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will today kick off its week-long supplementary registration of voters despite some stakeholders expressing fears due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ruling Swapo has finally formalised the closing up of the independent candidacy loophole following a virtual extraordinary congress at the weekend.