CORRECTION: PRe-poll testing of EVMs delays voting in Ongwediva

28 Nov 2014 17:00pm

ONGWEDIVA, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Voting kicked off at about 07h35 at the Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School (SSS) polling station in Ongwediva.
Voters lined up here since 05h00.
The station's presiding officer Seveleni Shimbindja told Nampa that his team could not start the voting process on time, at 07h00, as they were still busy with the pre-poll testing of the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
“We started the pre-poll testing at 06h00, but we could not finish on time, because the pre-poll testing on one machine took longer than others,” Shimbindja explained.
He said in previous elections this polling station was busy and, as such, it was provided with two EVMs for the Presidential election and two EVMs for the National Assembly election with the intention to speed up the voting process.
“It took us a long time to finish the pre-poll testing because we have more EVMs, unlike other polling stations where our colleagues have only one EVM for each of the two elections,” Shimbindja said.
Ongwediva mayor Jason Asino was the first to cast his vote.
The voting process is supposed to take less than three minutes, but some people here take more than 10 minutes to complete the process.
The Gabriel Taapopi SSS polling station is one of 139 fixed polling stations in the region that also has 35 mobile teams.
Long queues of voters were also experienced at the Mweshipandeka High School polling station in Ongwediva and at Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo SSS at Ondangwa.
A total of 104 218 voters are registered to vote in the Oshana Region.