ECN struggling to get vehicles for elections

OUTAPI; The Elections Coordinator for the Omusati Region, Leonard Ndazapo says they are experiencing a serious shortage of vehicles in the region ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections this Friday.

In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, Ndazapo said the region needs at least 132 vehicles to transport all election materials and polling officials to the 235 polling stations in the region.

He said so far, they have acquired 72 government vehicles and a few private vehicles from local people.

“We are struggling to get vehicles from the government garage. We are hoping to receive more vehicles from the government garage and from local individuals,” Ndazapo said.

Last week, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chairperson Notemba Tjipueja told members of the media that the election body needs about 2 800 vehicles to carry out the national elections.

Ndazapo told Nampa that the deployment of election officials to the polling stations will start Wednesday (today) and end on Thursday.

The regional coordinator described the just-ended six-day training for all polling officials and political party agents as successful.

He said a total of 1 500 polling officials were trained on how to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), and they were also trained on their responsibilities during the election process.

Ndazapo said most of the political party agents who received the training are from Swapo Party and the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP).

The training started on 19 November and ends on 25 November 2014.

The Omusati Region has 235 polling stations – 176 are fixed polling stations and 53 are mobile stations. There are 12 electoral constituencies in the regions.

The region has a population of 135 693 registered voters, of which 82 541 are women while 53 152 are men.

Voting in the Presidential and National Assembly elections is scheduled to take place this Friday.