Training for Karas election officials ends

KEETMANSHOOP; Preparatory training conducted for Karas Region polling and presiding officers for the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections ends here on Wednesday.

The training commenced on 19 November, and entailed operation of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and all the election systems and procedures.

Elections coordinator in the Karas Region, Barendt Both said the training for the polling officers was completed on Tuesday, while the training specifically for the presiding officers was done on Wednesday. Presiding officers are the team leaders at polling stations.

The Karas Region has a total of 47 652 registered voters, who will vote at 87 polling stations in seven constituencies.

The region received 87 EVMs for the National Assembly election and the same amount for the presidential vote. Each of the seven constituencies has two contingency EVMs in case of glitches.

The region will receive technical support from three technicians from Bharat Electronics, the Indian company from which the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) acquired the voting machines.

Both told Nampa on Wednesday that each constituency will also be provided with an information technology (IT) field support officer.

Each polling station will be manned by six ECN officers. Exceptions have been made for a station in Tseiblaagte in Keetmanshoop and one at Aussenkehr that will be manned by eight officers due to the high voter turnout expected.

All polling and presiding officers will depart to their respective polling stations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Both said that the bulk of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials have already been dispatched to police stations in the various constituencies.

The Karas Region constituencies are Berseba, Karasburg East, Karasburg West, Keetmanshoop Urban, Keetmanshoop Rural, !Nami#nüs and Oranjemund.