Over 960 Kavango West polling officials dispatched for elections

NKURENKURU: A total of 966 polling officials from the Kavango West Region have been deployed to their respective polling stations as of 14h00 on Thursday.

The country’s Presidential and National Assembly elections are slated for Friday, with the polling stations set to open doors at 07h00.

The day has also been declared a public holiday by the Namibian government.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Kavango West Regional Coordinator Benjamin Makayi told this agency on Thursday afternoon that his polling officials together with both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials left on Thursday afternoon.

Makayi explained that the Kavango West Region has acquired a total of 85 private vehicles to assist in the elections, while the figure for Government vehicles to be used in the election stands at 40.

He however added that the number of private vehicles might increase as some more vehicles are still being registered to be used in the election.

A total of 48 225 registered voters in the Kavango West region are expected to participate in the election.

There are currently 160 polling teams of which 85 will be mobile teams.

The Kavango West Region has a total of eight constituencies namely Mpungu, Tondoro, Kapako, Ncuncuni, Nkurenkuru, Musese, Ncamagoro and Mankupi.

Meanwhile, polling officials from Kavango East have not yet left for their respective polling venues by 18h30 this afternoon.

When this reporter visited the venues from where the officials were supposed to depart, most of them were still hanging around there.