CORRECTION: 2 000 voters turned away at Farm Nevanda polling sta
28 Nov 2014 14:00pm
ATTENTION: Story corrects figure in second para from 200 to 2 000
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) More than 2 000 voters were sent away from the polling station at Farm Nevada in the Otjiwarongo District during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Friday.
The polling station at Farm Nevada, situated some 10 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo, turned away more than 2 000 voters, mainly farm labourers, and the voters were all told to go and vote at polling stations in Otjiwarongo.
Frans Kapuka, the returning officer at the Farm Nevada polling station, told Nampa that his polling station was only allowed to let people vote until 13h00.
Approached for clarity on this, the Electoral Commission of Namibias (ECN) Public Relation Officer Vikitoria Hango told Nampa that it is true that people were initially informed to go and vote at other polling stations in Otjiwarongo.
But she also said the ECN has now reversed that decision and is allowing people to vote at any polling stations nearest to them.
We decided not to leave out anyone due to that first instruction. The ECN will not allow this kind of practice, and we have given direct orders to all Presiding and Returning Officers to let people vote, said Hango.
Around 87 655 registered voters are expected to vote at Otjiwarongo in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.