Lack of finances and transportation identified as reasons for poor turnout of opposition party agents at polling stations for Presidential and National Assembly elections in Zambezi

KATIMA MULILO: A lack of finances and transportation have been identified as the reasons for the poor turnout of opposition party agents at numerous polling stations for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Zambezi.

A visit by Nampa to several polling stations to the Katima Mulilo Urban and Rural Constituencies on Friday revealed that big opposition parties such as the DTA of Namibia and the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) were not adequately represented by their party agents.

Contacted for comment, DTA national secretary for information and publicity in the Zambezi Region, Lascan Sikosi told Nampa a total of 70 party agents were needed to observe the election process but due to financial constraints, only 48 were accredited by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

He however said in the absence of having enough agents at polling stations, the party has opted to use registered district members to monitor the process in their respective areas and report any dubious actions of officials.

RDP mobiliser for the Zambezi Region, Bothman Sikute told Nampa a total of 110 party agents were needed but only 48 were appointed.

He blamed the lack of representation of the party on transport and non-availability of money to make copies of over 100 forms to accredit its party agents to sit in on the election process.

Election Coordinator for the Zambezi Region, Alfred Mbukusa confirmed the party agent shortfall, saying some political parties failed to submit the names of their agents in time for the one-week training.