Applicants of failed bid to stop elections will seek solace from Supreme Court of Namibia

WINDHOEK: The applicants of the failed bid to stop the elections on Friday, will seek solace from the Supreme Court of Namibia today.

The African Labour and Human Rights Centre as well as its director August Maletzky plus the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party, and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party applied for the postponement of the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections, claiming the use of electronic voting machines in the elections is invalid, because of a lack of a paper trail.

High Court Judge Kobus Muller dismissed this application with costs today, saying it was not his jurisdiction to rule on the matter but that of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN). He also said the applicants had ample time to bring the matter before court, but failed to do so.

Maletzky told the media after the dismissal of their urgent application that he actually expected the judgement – not because it is based on facts and legal principles but because it is another miscarriage of justice that they are used to.

He said the operation of law dictates the elections have to automatically be suspended.

Maletzky added that the case of the applicants is well-founded, adding that the software running these electronic voter machines has not been disclosed to all the relevant stakeholders in this election, it is a matter of fact.

RUNDU: Shebeen owners in both the Kavango East and West regions have been ordered to close their businesses on Friday – national polling day.

The day has also been declared a public holiday in view of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Namibia Shebeen Association chairperson in both regions, Kaghuyu Shikerete, urged all shebeen owners not to open their liquor outlets on the day.

He told Nampa today that any person who will be found operating on election day will face the full wrath of the law.

The same warning was also issued to those selling traditional brews in the two regions.

Some inhabitants of the two Kavango regions, especially those in villages and remote areas, start to consume traditional alcohol very early in the morning, and Shikerete pleaded with them not to do so on polling day.

For the elections on Friday, 852 polling officials will work in the Kavango East Region, and 966 in the Kavango West Region.