27 Nov 2014 17:50pm
TSUMKWE, 27 NOV (NAMPA) The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) staff and election materials arrived at the Tsumkwe Police station in the early hours of Thursday.
The polling staff and materials, such as electronic voting machines (EVMs), arrived here at about 02h00 for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Friday.
The election materials arrived here accompanied by members of Namibian Police Force (NamPol), who are entrusted to safeguard the materials and maintain order at the various polling stations during the elections process.
After a short briefing by Pineas Amadhila, the ECN returning officer for the Tsumkwe Constituency, the officials and equipment were dispatched to the various polling stations.
Amadhila told Nampa that his team is ready to conduct credible elections in the area.
We are now busy departing to various polling points. We want each and every person in the mConstituency to come and vote for a political party and a candidate of his/her own choice without fear, he said.
He also assured people living in the constituency and surrounding areas about the ECNs preparedness and readiness to use EVMs for the first time in the area on Friday.
A total of 5 917 people in the Tsumkwe Constituency registered to vote, out of over 10 000 people, mostly members of the San Community, living here.
The eight fixed polling stations in the Tsumkwe area are at the Gam Voters Education Centre; Tsumkwe Community Hall; Mangetti Dune Church; Rooidag Gate Primary School; Omatako Primary School; M'Kata Primary School; Eden Farm; and Aasvoelnes Primary School.
A total of 1 241 194 Namibians have registered to vote.
Sixteen political parties are contesting the elections, and nine persons are vying for the presidential seat.