ECN displaying provisional voters' register

05 Apr 2014 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) - The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) started displaying the provisional voters' register at designated places countrywide on Thursday in order for all stakeholders and the general public to inspect it.
It will be displayed until 15 April this year as proclaimed by the President and published in the Government Gazette No. 5440, Notice No. 50 and 51 of 01 April 2014.
The ECN's public relations officer, Vicky Hango explained in a media statement issued here on Saturday that the display of the provisional voters' register is the next step in the electoral process after the general registration of voters, which is specifically provided for in the electoral law in order to afford an opportunity to the stakeholders and the general public to inspect the provisional votersÂ’ register with a view toward correcting any mistakes made during the registration process.
She noted that the public display of the provisional voters' registers also serves a primary purpose, which is to afford the public an opportunity to object to the inclusion of names of persons who are not supposed to appear in the voters' registers.
Hango noted that the inspection of the provisional voters' register will take place at designated places in all constituencies and local authorities countrywide.
In addition to the designated display venues, the public may also view the provisional voters' registers at the ECN headquarters at Election House in Windhoek, she said, adding that the viewing will take place from 08h00 until 17h00 in all constituencies.
According to Hango, the display of the provisional voters' registers is a legal requirement in terms of the Namibian electoral law.
In accordance with Section 21 of the Electoral Act, 1992 (Act No. 24 of 1992), the ECN is obliged to prepare and display the provisional votersÂ’ register for inspection by the public and all the stakeholders.
She also called on all registered political parties and associations, as well as registered voters who wish to lodge objections in terms of the inclusion of names of persons in the registers, to do so in writing with the District Magistrates in their respective constituencies or local authorities as stipulated in Government Gazette No. 5440.
ECN officials have been appointed at all designated venues ready to guide voters and stakeholders during the inspection and display period.