Voters with incorrect ink markings will vote on 28 Nov

18 Nov 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – Thirty-two voters who erroneously had their left thumbnails marked with ink by polling officials at the Windhoek Correctional Facility on Friday will be allowed to vote on 28 November.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to take place on that date next week.
The Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Theo Mujoro on Tuesday confirmed to Nampa that the incident occurred at the Windhoek Correctional Facility during the Windhoek West by-elections on Friday.
He said election officials at the polling station misunderstood training instructions to put ink on voters’ right thumbnails to indicate that they had voted.
Instead, they marked the voters’ left thumbnails, which were supposed to be ‘reserved’ for the elections on 28 November.
“We have taken note of the implication that the ink will still show, and therefore the particulars of these inmates were recorded to ensure that this case is taken care of. We do not want some voters to be disenfranchised,” he stressed.
Mujoro added that this was the only such incident recorded during the by-elections.
The Windhoek West by-election was necessitated by the death of regional councillor Shikwetepo Haindongo, who died after a short illness in August 2014.
Out of 27 106 potential voters in that constituency, only 3 398 turned up to vote.
The Swapo-Party’s candidate and member of the Swapo-Party Elders' Council, George Trepper emerged as the winner in the by-election with 2 685 votes.
Trepper is expected to be sworn-in as the duly-elected councillor for the Windhoek West Constituency within a week from his election.