Political parties and the leadership of the Electoral Commission of Namibia reached a consensus today

Political parties and the leadership of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) reached a consensus today to do away with Electoral Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming Opuwo Rural Constituency and Otjiwarongo Constituency by-elections.

Instead, traditional ballot papers will be used to decide the fate of the two constituencies, whose respective by-elections are set for 09 March 2020.

Briefing the media late this afternoon, ECN chairperson Notemba Tjipueja said the change in conducting elections in Namibia for the first time since 2014 was necessitated by the recent Supreme Court judgement, which ruled that the use of EVMs without a voter verifiable paper trial (VVPAT) was unconstitutional.

We had a meeting with the Political Liaison Committee (PLC), the majority of the representative political parties were present here and we discussed the issue of the upcoming by-elections to be held on 09 March in Opuwo and Otjiwarongo and having discussed, the parties have come to consensus that we should use ballot papers in view of the Supreme Court's judgement. We will be using ballot papers for these two by-elections. This is in consultation with all the political parties who were represented, Tjipueja briefed.

Source: Namibia Press Agency