Thirty-two voters who erroneously had their left thumbnails marked with ink by polling officials will be allowed to vote on 28 November

WINDHOEK: Thirty-two voters who erroneously had their left thumbnails marked with ink by polling officials at the Windhoek Correctional Facility on Friday will be allowed to vote on 28 November.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to take place on that date next week.

The Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Theo Mujoro today confirmed to Nampa that the incident occurred at the Windhoek Correctional Facility during the Windhoek West by-elections on Friday.

He said election officials at the polling station misunderstood training instructions to put ink on voters’ right thumbnails to indicate that they had voted.

Instead, they marked the voters’ left thumbnails, which were supposed to be ‘reserved’ for the elections on 28 November.

He said they have taken note of the implication that the ink will still show, and therefore the particulars of these inmates were recorded to ensure that this case is taken care of.

Mujoro added that this was the only such incident recorded during the by-elections.

SOURCE: NAMPA