Private vehicle owners making money from elections

MARIENTAL; Some residents in the Hardap Region are making extra money by renting out their vehicles to the Electoral Commission of Namibian (ECN) to use during the election process.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on Friday.

Only four-by-four and two-by-four pick-up vehicles are required by the ECN, and these vehicles should be made available from Wednesday this week to Monday next week.

Vehicles are tested first before the ECN pays between N.dollars 1 000 and N.dollars 1 200 per day. Petrol costs are carried by the Commission.

The ECN’s Hardap Regional Co-ordinator, Augustinus Ucham told Nampa on Wednesday that the order to engage owners of private vehicles came from the ECN top brass because of a shortage of Government vehicles.

“Testing of all private vehicles will be done before the end of Wednesday. The public is ready to assist the ECN with their cars,” he noted.

The region needs 66 vehicles, and the Government Garage in Keetmanshoop only made available 30 vehicles, said Ucham.

Resident Bernard Kuhlman, who is renting out his two-by-four pick-up to the ECN, said he is doing his national duty.

“I am renting my vehicle out for a special purpose and I am also making something extra (money). Every drop in the bucket counts,” he boasted.

The ECN confessed last week that it experienced a shortage of vehicles for the elections.

The commission only stated that it needs about 2 800 vehicles for the elections, without stating the exact shortage of vehicles.

It, however, assured the public that it continues to receive cars from Government, and has “put in place a mechanism to take care of the required transport needed”.

The Hardap Region has eight constituencies and 45 834 registered voters, with the majority of them (10 644) resident in the Rehoboth Urban East Constituency.