Oshakati by-election experiences low turnout

Voters in the Electoral Commissioner of Namibia (ECN)-supervised by-election underway at Oshakati East Constituency in the Oshana Region are pitching up in small numbers.

The ECN's Returning Officer for the said by-election, EfraimIyambo told Nampa in an interview Saturday afternoon that people a showing up one-by-one or in small groups since the election process started at 07h00.

Iyambo pointed out that out of some 18 000 voters registered at the constituency only less than 1 000 of them have cast their votes at midday.

There are 21 polling stations throughout the constituency. Omandengu Community Centre in the Evululuko location, which is regarded the busiest, has 242 people voted there as of 15h00, while the main centre at the Leo Shoopala Community Hall and Oneshila Community Hall recorded only 75 and 150 votes respectively.

No people in the queue at most of the stations, apart from Omandengu Community Hall, where five to ten persons were in the queue when Nampa visited the centre at around 15h00.

I will be satisfied if at least over 10 000 of registered voters cast their votes at the end of the voting process at 21h00 this evening, Iyambo narrated.

Congress of Democrats (CoD), Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Southwest Africa National Union (SWANU), Swapo and an independent candidate participate in the by-election.

Iyambo earlier announced political parties' candidates as IliasIyambo for CoD, Festus Shaduva for NEFF, TheofelusKamati for PDM, Rebecca Kambayi for SWANU and AbnerShikongo for Swapo.

FiinaKuutondokwa is an independent candidate in the election. Oshakati East Constituency by-election is necessitated by the death of the former councillor, Lotto Kuushomwa, in May this year.

Source: Namibia Press Agency