ECN will deploy hand-held voter verification devices at all polling stations in order to verify and authenticate all voters before they cast their votes

WINDHOEK: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will deploy hand-held voter verification devices at all polling stations across the country in order to verify and authenticate all voters before they cast their votes.

These devices will be used for the first time during the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 28 November 2014.

Speaking at a media briefing here today, Chairperson of the ECN Notemba Tjipueja, said the entire national voters’ roll will be loaded on each voter verification device with all the biometrics and biographical data of the voters.

This technology allows faster verification of voters and will immensely shorten the time voters have to spend in queues and inside the polling stations, she said.

Tjipueja explained that all voters who cast their votes at Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, as well as at Namibia’s foreign missions abroad on 14 November 2014 will be marked as voted on these devices and will not be able to vote for a second time.

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 today, 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.

More than 30 engineers 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.

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

SOURCE: NAMPA