APP activist removed as polling officer

RUNDU; An active member of the All People’s Party (APP) was on Thursday morning removed as a polling officer for the elections on Friday.

Ben Wakudumo is number 20th on the APP’s list for possible National Assembly positions.

The Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Theo Mujoro confirmed Wakudumo’s removal as an election official to Nampa on Thursday afternoon.

The Electoral Act 5 of 2014 is silent on the issue of active political party members employed as polling officers.

Efforts to obtain comment from Wakudumo proved futile.

He was destined to work as a polling official in the Mashare Constituency in the Kavango East Region, and received training for that position earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the ECN’s Kavango East regional coordinator, Michael Kabwata told this agency on Thursday that they roped in the services of private vehicles to assist with the election process.

The region’s 852 polling officials are expected to be dispatched to 142 polling venues this afternoon to serve 72 264 registered voters.

The region has six constituencies – Mukwe, Ndiyona, Ndonga Linena, Mashare, Rundu Rural East and Rundu Urban.