Ecn Remove 43 000 Names From Voters#39 Roll

THE Electoral Commission of Namibia has deleted more than 43 000 names from the local authorities voters’ roll, after it was discovered that some people had died, or appeared twice while others did not have proper documentation.

This was revealed by the commission’s chairperson, Notemba Tjipueja, who said last week those taken off because they did not have proper documents will be notified in due course.

The discrepancies were unearthed during the Provisional Voter Register objection period, which started on 1 April and ended early this month.

Tjipueja said of the 43 141 names removed, 692 belong to dead voters while 42 449 others will have to re-register during the supplementary registration period before the Presidential and National Assembly elections if they produce proper documentation.

She also said the removal of names reduced the number of eligible local authority voters from 407 138 to 363 997.

The chairperson also said the ECN had corrected 4 484 wrongly spelt names, rectified gender and identification numbers, while 470 names, gender and ID numbers were transferred between constituencies to clean up the Provisional Voters Register.

quotA total number of 1 921 names had to be removed whereas 938 names were added manually to the list of registered voters. This brings the number of registered voters from 1 162 366 to 1 161 383,quot said Tjipueja.

She said 1 743 duplicates were removed and 382 names were marked for further investigation, while 178 names of the deceased were removed from the national voters register.

According to Tjipueja, the voter registration system was also checked against the manual paper based system for any possible omissions or errors that could have occurred during the transfer of data.

All People’s Party president Ignatius Shixuamweni yesterday said the errors were expected because of the amount of hiccups experienced with the voter registration kit during the registration exercise.

quotWhen my family and I went to register, the voters kit proved problematic and even then, I warned the ECN that all kits be connected to the main server so that fewer errors could be recorded,quot said Shixuameni.

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Source : The Namibian