Voters using ballot papers in Khomasdal

28 Nov 2014 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) – Some voters in the Khomasdal Constituency claim that they voted on ballot papers because of technical problems with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at the polling venue.
They are voting in the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
These voters at the Khomasdal Community Hall polling station said the red light expected to light up when they select their presidential candidate did not work, and ballot papers were used while the polling officials waited for technicians to rectify the problem.
However, spokesperson for the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Vikitoria Hango dismissed these claims on Friday morning, saying no ballot papers are being used in these elections.
This Nampa reporter could not get comment from the presiding officer, because she was denied access to the venue. Election officials here claimed that she needs a special letter from the ECN to allow her in. In fact, all media personnel only need to show their official ECN accreditation cards to access polling venues.
The same polling station also experienced some chaos in the queue of voters as election officials failed to maintain order.
It was observed that some elderly voters were in the same queue as younger voters.
A total of 23 606 voters have registered for the elections in this constituency.