Katutura Old Age Home mobile polling station reserved for inhabitants of home

The mobile polling station at the Katutura Old Age Home in Windhoek closed earlier after voters who were not catered for, tried to vote at the mobile station.

Mobile polling stations cater for voters who are stationed far from permanent polling stations in their constituency.

The Katutura Old Age Home houses 20 pensioners and because of their increased vulnerability to COVID-19, a mobile polling station was availed to the facility for residents of the home only.

The station opened at 07h00 and was supposed to close at 09h00 before move on to another location, closed at 08h30 due to miscommunication between voters and Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) officials.

Presiding Officer Rosalia Tshikesho told Nampa the mobile polling station was reserved for senior citizens living in the Katutura Old Age Home only and was scheduled to service two venues for the day.

“I wish I could help, but unfortunately it is reserved for the elderly citizens due to COVID-19,” said Tshikesho.

One of the people in the queue was independent candidate Edson Uapingene, who ended up voting elsewhere.

“There was miscommunication between the voters and ECN. ECN did not make it clear that the polling station was only reserved for senior citizens residing here,” said Uapingene.

Source: Namibia Press Agency