22 Oct 2014 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 OCT (NAMPA) The names of all political parties that will participate in the elections in November this year will be announced next week.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections take place on 28 November this year.
The names of the parties will be made public on 29 October after the completion of nomination, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chairperson Notemba Tjipueja announced during the Electoral Symposium in Windhoek on Tuesday.
Tjipueja said the nomination period for members of the registered political parties, independent candidates as well as Presidential candidates commenced on 13 October, and ends on 29 October 2014.
She added that engineers from Bharat Electronics in India are currently in the country to do a complete first level check of all Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to ensure that the machines are in operative condition.
This testing will ensure the smooth running of the EVMs, conditions of the batteries as well as sealing of the battery compartments. This process will take place from 22 to 31 October 2014, Tjipueja said.
The EVMs are manufactured in India and use batteries that last for more than 50 hours.
The ECN Chairperson assured all political parties that the elections will be free, fair and credible with the use of the EVMs.
The machines have already been used in the by-elections in Ohangwena Constituency and the local authority elections in the Bukalo and Otjinene Constituencies earlier this year.
Tjipueja said there were no major problems with the process and all stakeholders were pleased with the results.
She further stated that the ECN is ready to implement the EVM technology during the upcoming by-elections in the Windhoek West and Endola constituencies, as well as for sea-going personnels voting for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Windhoek-West by-election is scheduled to take place on 14 November, while the Endola by-election will take place on 07 November 2014.
Sea-going personnel will cast their votes for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 14 November 2014 at the German Hostel Hall in Lüderitz.
Tjipueja said the voting at Namibia's diplomatic missions abroad will also take place on 14 November with the absence of the EVMs due to logistical problems.
The purpose of the one-day symposium was to raise awareness of and commitment to the Code of Conduct of Political Parties, promotion of technology such as the EVMs, as well as the launch of the National Voter Education Policy.
The theme of the symposium was Consolidating Namibias democracy, your vote counts.