28 Nov 2014 10:20am
RUNDU, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Eligible voters in the Kavango East Region flocked to polling stations at least an hour before the voting process started at 07h00 to cast their votes using the newly introduced electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Several polling stations visited by Nampa from 06h00 Friday morning, could be seen with queues of over 50 people on average.
Several early birds, whom this reporter spoke to, said they decided to go early to the polling stations so that they can be among the first ones to experience the workings of the EVMs, which are used to cast votes by the click of a button.
Although voters were at the polling stations an hour before they opened, the actual voting at the Government Hall was delayed for about 15 minutes as polling officials had to first sort out technical issues involving the control unit machine.
The Returning Officer for the Rundu Urban Constituency, Sau Ronginus told Nampa that the delays were caused because they first had to clear the memory of the control unit of the machine which was first used for pre-polling testing before being used.
The technicalities were however sorted 15 minutes later and Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku and his wife Toini Hausiku were the first people to cast their votes at the Government Hall polling station.
The Deputy Prime Minister told this news agency immediately after casting his vote, that he was excited to have exercised his democratic right to elect his leaders.
Hausiku used the opportunity to call on other eligible voters to go to the polling stations because the electronic voting machines are working fast.
Other senior government officials who voted at the Government Hall polling station included Health and Social Services Deputy Minister Petrina Haingura and the Kavango East Regional Governor Dr. Samuel Mbambo.
The Kavango East Region has six constituencies - Mukwe, Ndiyona, Ndonga Linena, Mashare, Rundu Rural East and Rundu Urban.
A total of 852 polling officials are manning the Kavango East regions 142 polling teams.