ECN in car drama

WINDHOEK; A large group of people flocked to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) offices Thursday morning to drive election cars up North, only to be told that it was false information.

The eager drivers, mainly men, came with certified copies of their drivers’ licences and identification documents (IDs) as per the text message they received.

They were however dispersed by Namibian Police officers, because the ECN never requested drivers.

ECN Director of Operations, Theo Mujoro told Nampa on Thursday that they do not have arrangements for any cars to be driven to the North.

According to the text message, drivers were sought by the ECN to drive 100 4×4 vehicles from Windhoek to the Oshikoto Region on Thursday and back on Saturday.

The message also said drivers will be addressed by a certain Gerhard from a company called Indongo Family Car Hire and Project Logistics (Pty) Ltd.

However, Gerhard never showed at the ECN, and neither could he be reached on the mobile phone number (855588643) from which the invitation came.

Namibians will go to the polls on Friday in Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The ECN has been experiencing a shortage of cars for the elections, and have since started making use of private vehicles to assist in the process.