ECN starts dispatching staff and election materials to various polling stations in preparation of Ohangwena Constituency by-elections

OHANGWENA: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) today started dispatching staff and election materials from the Ohangwena Police Station to the various polling stations in preparation of the Ohangwena Constituency by-elections.

The by-elections kick-off on Tuesday morning, and polls close at 21h00 whereafter the counting of the ballot papers begin immediately.

The ECN officials and the election materials are being accompanied by heavily armed members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), who will safeguard the materials and maintain order at the various polling stations during the election process.

The ECN returning officer responsible for the Ohangwena Constituency by-elections, Lisias Kandjene Haiduwa told Nampa this morning at the Ohangwena Police Station that his team is more than ready to conduct credible by-elections.

Haiduwa has also assured people living in the Ohangwena Constituency and the surrounding villages about the ECN’s preparedness and its readiness to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the first time in Namibia on Tuesday.

The Ohangwena Constituency by-elections were necessitated by the death of former Swapo-Party councillor Maria Kombwana, who died earlier this year due to a cancer-related illness.

The position of the Ohangwena Constituency Councillor is now being contested by Swapo-Party candidate, retired teacher Johannes Hakanyome; and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) candidate, local businessman Vilho Shimwooshili.