All systems go for Friday’s Bukalo election

21 Aug 2014 18:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - It is all systems go for the Bukalo Local Authority election which takes place on Friday morning.
The town of Bukalo is situated some 40km east of Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region.
Bukalo was proclaimed a town on recommendation by the Fourth Delimitation Commission last year.
According to the provisional voters’ roll, a total of 346 eligible voters residing in Bukalo are expected to participate in the Local Authority election.
Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) officials on Thursday collected election materials from the Katima Mulilo Police Station.
These materials, which include electronic voter machines (EVMs), ballot boxes, secret ink, printers and pens, were collected in the presence of participating political party agents.
The three polling stations will open at 07h00 and close at 21h00, whereafter counting of votes will begin, followed by the announcement of results.
ECN Returning Officer for the Bukalo election, Alfred Mbukusa told Nampa on Thursday that the materials collected will be deployed to the respective polling venues on Thursday.
The EVMs will be used in the Zambezi Region for the first time on Friday.
The Indian-made machines were used in Namibia for the first time on 05 August 2014 during the Ohangwena by-election.
Mbukusa said a simulation exercise on the use of the EVMs was conducted in Bukalo early last month.
“I am convinced that all potential voters are going to vote, because voter education officers have done all the ground work to show every voter what they are expected to do during the voting process,” said the Returning Officer.
Four political parties will be battling it out for positions in the newly proclaimed Bukalo town council, namely the Congress of Democrats (CoD), DTA of Namibia, National Democratic Party (NDP) and Swapo.