21 Jun 2014 12:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 21 JUN (NAMPA) The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will consult with President Hifikepunye Pohamba on a decision with regards to the exact date of the national elections.
This was confirmed to Nampa by Theo Mujoro, the director of operations at the ECN, when asked about the commencement of the supplementary registration of voters nationwide.
The elections are scheduled to take place in November this year.
Mujoro said the commission plans to start with consultations on the exact polling date in the next few days.
He noted that the election date will be proposed to the President by the commission and once the Head of State agrees, the date will be made public.
Once the polling date is agreed upon, the commissions will then work backward and decide on the supplementary registration dates and the nomination dates as all these are connected to the elections date, he explained.
The director of operations explained that it is not only the President who is going to be consulted on the date, and that a number of institutions and stakeholders involved in the decision-making will also be consulted.
Last year, the ECN introduced a total of 3 400 Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to replace the ballot papers used in the past.
The new machines are expected to increase the credibility of the election results and enhance transparency
Other benefits include the elimination of paperwork during elections and speeding up the process, as well as minimising human error during the voting.
The EVMs are expected to be used for the first time in the Ohangwena Constituency by-election in August this year.
Other elections where the machines are to be used before the national elections are the local authority elections of the Otjinene Constituency in the Omaheke Region and the Bukalo Constituency in the Zambezi Region in August.