ECN to use 4160 EVMs for 2014 elections

WINDHOEK: The total number of 4160 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The elections are scheduled to take place on 28 November this year.

Speaking at the media briefing here on Thursday, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia Notemba Tjipueja said ECN will deploy a total of 2080 EVMs for the Presidential elections and the same number for the National Assembly elections across the country.

Tjipueja said a comprehensive first – Level – Check was executed on all the EVMs by the Bharat Electronic Engineers in the presence of political parties to ensure that all components were functioning properly.

The sufficient back EVMs will be placed under the control and custody of the returning officers in certain areas for deployment when the need arises.

ECN has in the last three months successfully completed five elections using EVMs and no objection, contestations, complaints or disputes were registered on the use of the EVMs.

“The use of EVMs in the aforementioned elections provided sufficient testing ground of the technology and, in turn, gave voters and political parties’ confidence in the use of this new mode of voting,” said Tjipueja.

She said that it is abundantly clear that the use of the EVMs has improved the polling process especially with the final counting, tabulation and announcement of election results.

The ECN has confidence that the delay in the counting and announcement of results as experienced in the elections of 2004 and 2009 will not repeat itself.

“Every vote cast will be counted as there will no longer be spoilt or rejected votes,” the chairperson said.

The ECN chairperson also announced that the total number of 31 Engineers from Bharat electronic which is an Indian State-Owned company that manufactured the EVMs will be strategically deployed in the various regions to provide high-level technical support.

Tjipueja explained that the Engineers will be deployed according to the criteria to be set by the ECN looking at the numbers of registered voters per region.

Namibia has only 14 regions and 121 constituencies were these 31 engineers will be providing their technical support.

These Engineers are intended to arrive in the country on Friday.

(edited)WINDHOEK; A total of 4160 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The elections are scheduled to take place on 28 November this year.

Speaking at the media briefing here on Thursday, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Notemba Tjipueja, said ECN will deploy a total of 2080 EVMs for the Presidential elections and the same number for the National Assembly elections across the country.

Tjipueja said a comprehensive test was executed on all the EVMs by Bharat Electronic Engineers in the presence of political party representatives to ensure that all components were functioning properly.

An unspecified, but “sufficient” number of EVMs will also be provided as back-ups and will be placed under the control of the returning officers where needed.

ECN has in the last three months successfully completed five elections using EVMs and no objection, contestations, complaints or disputes were registered on the use of the EVMs.

“The use of EVMs in the aforementioned elections provided sufficient testing ground of the technology and, in turn, gave voters and political parties confidence in the use of this new mode of voting,” said Tjipueja.

She said that it was abundantly clear that the use of the EVMs has improved the polling process especially with the final counting, tabulation and announcement of election results.

The ECN has confidence that the delay in the counting and announcement of results as experienced in the elections of 2004 and 2009 will not be repeated.

“Every vote cast will be counted as there will no longer be spoilt or rejected votes,” the chairperson said.

Meanwhile, Tjipueja announced that 31engineers from Bharat Electronics – an Indian state-owned company that manufactured the EVMs, will be strategically deployed in the various regions to provide high-level technical support. She said that the engineers will be deployed according to criteria to be set by the ECN taking into consideration the numbers of registered voters per region.

Namibia has 14 regions and 121 constituencies.

The engineers are expected to arrive in the country on Friday.

SOURCE: NAMPA