Despite international concern the South African authorities have started a three-month operation to register Namibia's (South West Africa) estimated 440,000 eligible voters.
Despite international concern the South African authorities have started a three-month operation to register Namibia's (South West Africa) estimated 440,000 eligible voters. The registrations began on Saturday (24 June) and South Africa has denied that the move is a sign that it plans to impose its won solution in the territory and ignore an independence plan drawn up by five western powers.
SYNOPSIS: The registration is for elections for a Constituent Assembly, but no date for the pull has yet been set, pending agreement between South Africa, the South West African People's Organisation and the five western powers. As people of all races registered in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, South African Foreign Affairs spokesman Brand Fourie said there was no suggestion at this point of South Africa going ahead unilaterally. Judge Martinus Steyn has been appointed Administrator-General to run the territory and lead it to independence by the end of the year.
Western diplomats have been reported as describing he registration as prejudicial to the re-opening of negotiations with SWAPO. The guerrilla organisation is alleged to want nothing to do with the registration -- but already some intimidation of potential voters had occurred. The Director of Voter Registration Mr. J. de Kok spoke to Visnews reporter Mike Reed.