BREAKING NEWS!! ECN appoints Mujoro as new chief

22 June 2018 Author   Eliaser Ndeyanale

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has appointed Theo Mujoro as its new Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, a position previously known as Director of Elections.

Impeccable sources told the Windhoek Observer on Friday that the ECN’s Director of Operations, who was interviewed for the commission’s top position on Monday alongside Franco Cosmos, Amon Haimbangu, Helmuth Naweseb and Moses Ndjarakana, got his appointment letter on Thursday.

Mujoro is expected to resume his new role on 01 September this year, taking over from Prof Paul Isaak, whose five-year term ends on 31 August.

Contacted for comment, Mujoro claimed ignorance on his appointment, while ECN Chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja, was said to be in a meeting.

In an interview with Windhoek Observer last week, Mujoro (44) said he possess the required practical work, managerial experience and institutional memory to run the institution where he has worked for more than 17 years.

“I possess the leadership capacity and the required academic qualifications for the job. The values of non-partisanship, transparency, integrity and inclusiveness that guide the general conduct of the ECN are ingrained in my DNA.

“I have the content and character to lead an institution of this nature, my record with the ECN is impeccable and I am professionally and technically prepared to take over as CEO and Accounting Officer of the ECN,” he said.

Mujoro was born in Windhoek on 13 July 1974 and matriculated at Augustineum Secondary School in 1993.

He commenced his further studies in 1995 and completed a National Diploma in Public Administration at the then Polytechnic of Namibia.

During his tenure at the Polytechnic of Namibia, Mujoro held the position of Vice President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and President of the same body in 1996 and 1997, respectively.

A journalist by training, Mujoro worked as Nampa’s bureau head in the southern regions in 1998.

From 2000-2001, he served as Personal Assistant to the late Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Mose Tjitendero and was also Deputy Chair of the National Assembly Affirmative Action Committee.

In 2001 – 2008, he was Executive Assistant to then ECN Director of Elections, Joram Rukambe, and in 2008–2012 he was ECN Deputy Director for Registration & Planning.

In 2012, he became the Director of Operations, a position he still holds until today.

Mujoro has observed elections in numerous countries including, the United States of America, South Africa, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Georgia.

He represented the ECN at regional and international level on multiple occasions including at the SADC Electoral Commissions Forum, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and the Association of World Election Bodies.

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