Namibia commended for using EVMs

WINDHOEK: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum Election Observer Mission has commended the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) for providing Braille facilities on electronic voting machines (EVMs).

These were used in the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections on Friday.

Namibia is first in Africa to use EVMs.

During a briefing here on Sunday, the Forum election observers congratulated the ECN on the use of biometric and other information and communication technologies for accurate, comprehensive and credible voters’ registration.

It also applauded the ECN on the provision of voter education materials in local languages for the accessibility of the majority the population.

The SADC observers were further impressed about the ECN’s openness by engaging all stakeholders throughout the electoral process.

It further acknowledged the ECN’s instant printing of election result sheets at every polling station in the presence of party agents and observers in line with good, transparent electoral practices.

The establishment of polling stations in places readily accessible to the public, including persons living with disabilities, also received commendation.