ECN says it has successfully conducted third GRV

WINDHOEK: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) says it has successfully conducted the third General Registration of Voters (GRV), which ended on 02 March 2014.

The commission registered 1 162 366 eligible voters during the GRV process.

Announcing the provisional statistics during a media conference in the capital on Friday, Notemba Tjipueja said the figure included 3 441 people registered at foreign missions, as well as 1 747 people who registered more than once.

The commission is now set to finalise the provisional voters’ roll and release it for public scrutiny and objections in early April.

Tjipueja said this was the first time in the history of the country that a biometric voter registration system was used, which by its very nature is a precise and therefore elaborate process.

She explained that the ECN already acknowledged that the process initially started at a slow pace at some registration venues during the first week, adding that teething problems observed at the start of the GRV process were not totally unexpected considering the magnitude of the exercise and the roll-out of completely new technology.

Tjipueja indicated that holders of cards with spelling mistakes and factual errors will have the opportunity to have this rectified during the supplementary registration of voters before the forthcoming Presidential and National Assembly (NA) elections, which take place in November.