NIMT voters' registration error at Keetmans to be rectified

26 Feb 2014 12:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will make sure that the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT)’s students in Keetmanshoop are registered to vote in the 2014 and 2015 elections.
The ECN’s voters’ registration coordinator in the //Karas Region, Augustinus Ucham told Nampa on Wednesday that those NIMT students who had their voter cards revoked will be given a chance to register again during the supplementary voters’ registration period in September this year.
Towards the end of January, about 70 NIMT students were asked to return their voters’ cards due to the fact that they were registered to vote in the Local Authority elections with residential addresses other than those of the constituencies they stay in.
The NIMT centre falls under the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency, but some students used residential addresses of their home towns, such as Oshakati and Ongwediva in northern Namibia.
“We will make sure they are registered to vote in the National Assembly, Presidential and Local Authority elections.
Some of them were registered to vote in the Local Authority elections of the Keetmanshoop Rural jurisdiction when they did not stay there for 12 consecutive months. That’s why it was decided that such mistakes be rectified,” Ucham explained.
Namibians wishing to register for the Local Authority elections are required to prove that they had resided in their respective local authority area for 12 consecutive months by providing telephone accounts or water and electricity bills from their municipal, town or village councils.
The voters’ registration coordinator further said he will hold a meeting with the NIMT management and students this week to inform them that they must come for supplementary registration.
“We advise those who are staying in the NIMT hostel for 12 months to use the hostel’s address, and those staying outside the hostel to use addresses of such places. This will allow them to be registered and to vote in their respective constituencies,” he advised.
The general registration of voters (GRV) started on 15 January, and will end on 02 March in view of Presidential and National Assembly Elections in November this year and Local Authority Elections in 2015.
The supplementary voters’ registration will give a chance to those who missed out during the general registration and those who turned 18 years after 02 March to register.