Three Angolans arrested for illegally obtaining voters’ cards

KATWITWI: The Namibian Police Force have (NamPol) arrested three Angolan men after they pretended to be Namibians and by so doing obtained Namibian voters card.

The incident happened at the Katwitwi primary school in the Kavango West region last week Wednesday.

Nampol’s Crime Investigations Coordinator in the two Kavango regions Deputy, Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Sunday that the three suspects entered Namibia with a day pass at the Katwitwi border post and went to the Katwitiwi primary school registration point and queued up as eligible voters.

The Angolan citizens successfully obtained voters card but they were however spotted by a certain police Inspector at Katwitwi who identified them that they were Angolan citizens.

Deputy Commissioner Bampton said the suspects aged 28 of which two are 27 years-old successfully registered and obtained Namibian voters card using church baptism certificates suspected to have been obtained from the Namibian side.

The name of the church could not however be established by this reporter.

The three suspects who names are known to this reporter but could not be revealed, are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrates Court on Monday, on charges of violating section 96 of the Electoral Act no. 24 of 1992.

Their names will only be revealed after their first court appearance.

The Electoral Commissioner of Namibia (ECN) Coordinator in the Kavango West region Benjamin Makayi confirmed the incident to this reporter but only promised to divulge more details to this reporter later in the day.

Several opposition political parties in the country have expressed concern on the possibility of Angolans registering as eligible voters due to their influx into the country and their daily community for services and other goods onto the Namibian side.

(edited)KATWITWI;  The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have arrested three Angolan men for illegally obtaining Namibian voters’ cards.

The incident happened at the Katwitwi Primary School in the Kavango West Region last Wednesday.

NamPol’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator in the two Kavango regions, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Sunday the three entered Namibia with day passes at the Katwitwi border post and went to the Katwitiwi Primary School registration point to register as voters.

The Angolan citizens successfully obtained voters’ cards, but were spotted by a police inspector at Katwitwi, who identified them as Angolan citizens.

Bampton said the suspects – aged 27 and 28 – successfully registered and obtained Namibian voters’ cards, using church baptism certificates obtained from a church in Namibia.

The name of the church could not be established by this reporter.

The three suspects, whose names are known but cannot be revealed at this stage, are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of violating Section 96 of the Electoral Act no. 24 of 1992.

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Coordinator in the Kavango West Region Benjamin Makayi confirmed the incident to this agency, but refused to divulge any more information, because the incident is still under investigation.

Several opposition political parties in the country have expressed concern over the possibility of Angolans registering as eligible voters due to their daily influx into Namibia to access services and goods.