Voter registration yet to reach Vaalgras

KLEIN VAALGRAS: The residents of Vaalgras area in the //Karas Region says the General Voter Registrations (GVR) did not reach them yet, some said they expect it next week others do not know when it will come.

Vaalgras Chief Joel Stephanus told the Nampa at Klein Vaalgras on Saturday that the registration officials from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) did not reach the area but are expected to come.

“I am not sure when exactly they will start but I understand they will come next month,” Stepahnus said.

Other resident also visited by the news agency at Groot Vaalgras indicated that they are also in the dark about the registration date.

“I need to go to Klein Vaalgras and find out when and where I have to register,” a woman responded when asked whether she is already registered.

Vaalgras area comprises of villages such as Koichas, Swartwater and Groot Vaalgras amongst others where residents awaits the registration.

In response, ECN’s //Karas regional coordinator for GVR, Augustinus Ucham cleared that the teams will be in Vaalgras on the 01 February as they have been registering in Blouwes.

The Blouwes team the one expected to leave and start the registration in Vaalgras end of this month.

Ucham said there are mobile teams assigned to such scattered villages and they will make sure everyone is given a chance to register and cast their vote in November.

“Depending on the population of the village the mobile teams are expected to stay in one village for about 10 days before they shift to another village. But we are making sure that before they move everyone in that village is registered,” Ucham said.

Asked if there are places where registration is already completed, Ucham said so far none of the teams reported to his office that the registration at their venues has slowed down, to perhaps indicate that all the people in such places are registered.

“They will not finish now it is still early, as you know the first days of registration were very slow due to some technical problems. Even if people appear to have registered in a specific area, the fixed teams will not leave until 02 March,” he explained.

(edited)KLEIN VAALGRAS: Residents of Vaalgras in the //Karas Region are unclear over when voters’ registration will commence in their area.

The national General Voters’ Registration (GVR) started on 15 January 2014, and end on 02 March 2014.

Vaalgras Chief Joel Stephanus told Nampa at Klein Vaalgras on Saturday that registration officials from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) have not reached their area yet.

“I am not sure when exactly they will come, but I understand they will come next month,” he said.

A resident of Groot Vaalgras told this agency that she will go to Klein Vaalgras to find out when and where she has to register.

The Vaalgras area comprises of the Koichas, Swartwater and Groot Vaalgras villages.

In response, the ECN’s //Karas regional coordinator for GVR, Augustinus Ucham told Nampa on enquiry Saturday that registration teams will be in Vaalgras on 01 February, as they have been registering voters in the Blouwes village.

Ucham said there are mobile teams assigned to such scattered villages, and the ECN will make sure everyone is given a chance to register and cast their votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.

“Depending on the population of the villages, the mobile teams are expected to stay in one village for about 10 days before they shift to another village. But we are making sure that before they move everyone in that village is registered,” he said.

Asked if there are places where registration has been completed, Ucham said so far, none of his teams have reported that registration at their venues has slowed down, to perhaps indicate that all the people in such places are registered.

“They will not finish now, it is still early. As you know, the first days of registration were very slow due to some technical problems. Even if all people appear to have been registered in a specific area, the fixed teams will not leave until 02 March,” he explained.