Slow start to Ohangwena Constituency supplementary registration

OHANGWENA: The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s supplementary registration of voters for the Ohangwena Constituency by-election started at a slow pace on Monday.

The ECN registration supervisor in the constituency, Lysias Haiduwa, told Nampa in an interview on Monday the registration point with the highest turnout registered only 20 people. He said the low turnout could be a result of people already registering during the countrywide general registration of voters’ (GRV) that was concluded a few months ago.

According to Haiduwa, those who seek registration in the Ohangwena Constituency are mostly young people who have turned 18 years after the GRV.

“I will only be able to tell you on Tuesday exactly how many people were registered on the first day as I do not have the statistics with me now,” he replied when asked about the total number of registrations.

ECN officials who are in charge of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority registration point also told this news agency on Monday that they only managed to register some 20 people.

The ECN has 85 registration officials divided into 17 teams that are manning 33 registration points throughout the Ohangwena Constituency.

The registration process is set to run until 13 June, while the ECN has provisionally set 05 August as the date for the Ohangwena Constituency by-election.

An estimated 12 000 potential voters in the Ohangwena Constituency will go to the polls to elect their new councillor after the former councillor of the constituency, Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana, died early last month.

The late Kombwana served on the ticket of the ruling Swapo-Party. The official opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), has already elected Vilho Shimwooshili as its candidate for the Ohangwena Constituency by-election.

Political parties are anticipated to submit the names of their candidates to the ECN between 09h00 and 11h00 on 05 July.