Opposition DTA of Namibia will next week pronounce itself on use of EVMs during this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections

RUNDU: The opposition DTA of Namibia will next week pronounce itself on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Namibians go to the polls for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.

DTA Secretary-General (SG) Vincent Kanyetu told Nampa today that the party has been consulting people, both party members and non-party members as well as experts on the use of the machine to determine whether it is fit for use during this year’s elections.

The DTA SG feels the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has not sufficiently trained eligible voters on the use of the machines, saying there is also not enough time to do so before the elections.

The use of these machines may lead to a low voter turn-out, he stated, adding that the ECN should have conducted at least four rounds of educational campaigns throughout the country on its use.

Approached for comment, ECN Director Professor Paul Isaak pointed out that the ECN is currently introducing the EVMs in the regions, and will thus hold simulation exercises through its voters’ education department.

SOURCE: NAMPA

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