Presidential, National Assembly elections to proceed as scheduled on Friday after High Court dismissed application to have elections postponed

WINDHOEK: The 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections will proceed as scheduled on Friday after High Court Judge Kobus Muller today dismissed an urgent application to have the elections postponed.

The application was launched on Monday by the African Labour and Human Rights Centre, its director August Maletzky, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party, and the president of the Workers Revolutionary Party Hewat Beukes.

The four called for the postponement of the general elections to February 2015, claiming that it is unconstitutional to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for elections without a paper trail.

Muller said in his judgement that it is not in his jurisdiction to address the issues raised by the applicants, but the jurisdiction of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

He further said that the applicants had known about the issues raised since October this year, but had chosen to disrupt the activities of the elections only now.

The judge dismissed the application, and ordered the applicants to pay all legal costs of the respondents.

The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) spokesperson Olsen Kahiriri was not happy with the judge’s decision, saying the outcome of a case of this magnitude is sad for Namibian democracy.

OUTAPI: The Elections Coordinator for the Omusati Region, Leonard Ndazapo says they are experiencing a serious shortage of vehicles in the region ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections this Friday.

In an interview with Nampa today, Ndazapo said the region needs at least 132 vehicles to transport all election materials and polling officials to the 235 polling stations in the region.

He said so far, they have acquired 72 government vehicles and a few private vehicles from local people.

Last week, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chairperson Notemba Tjipueja told members of the media that the election body needs about 2 800 vehicles to carry out the national elections.

Ndazapo told Nampa that the deployment of election officials to the polling stations will start today and end tomorrow.

The regional coordinator described the just-ended six-day training for all polling officials and political party agents as successful.

He said a total of 1 500 polling officials were trained on how to use the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), and they were also trained on their responsibilities during the election process.