ECN turns away excess number of private cars in Omusati

OUTAPI; Residents of the Omusati Region on Wednesday expressed disappointment at being informed that some of their vehicles will not be used for the upcoming elections.

This came after the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) officials in the region discovered that the number of private vehicles volunteered exceeded the number of cars required. Government provided 100 vehicles to the region and 136 were needed from private owners in order to meet the target of 236 vehicles for the region.

The Elections Coordinator for the Omusati Region, Leonard Ndazapo told Nampa on Wednesday that the region received 144 private vehicles from residents of the region for use in Friday’s elections.

He said the large number of private vehicles put forth prompted the ECN officials to conduct inspections on the private vehicles in order to select those in good working condition.

The election officials had to inform some vehicle owners that only a select number of cars will be used for the elections as many of the vehicles were found to be defective.

“Some of the private vehicle owners found it difficult to accept that their vehicles will not be used for the elections due to their poor condition and also because of the government vehicles that became available Wednesday afternoon,” he said.

The election body needs about 2 800 vehicles for the general elections.

The Omusati Region has 176 fixed polling stations and 59 mobile teams.

There are 12 electoral constituencies in the region.

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.