Soldier and two others arrested for disrupting voting

28 Nov 2014 17:30pm

SAUYEMWA, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - A member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and two civilians were apprehended by the Police for allegedly disrupting the voting process at the Sauyemwa informal settlement on Friday. The uniformed man and his comrades wanted to vote before other people who were already in line, and at some point jumped the queue. This action angered many voters, who then told them to go to the back of the line, something they did not abide by. The Presiding Officer at the Christ Love Ministry polling station, Paulus Haimbili told Nampa Friday afternoon that the trio disrupted the peaceful queue for about 30 minutes, a situation which prompted polling officials to call in the Namibian Police Force. It is suspected that the three men were under the influence of alcohol. They are now in police custody, and will be questioned in due course. Meanwhile, Haimibili said the queue is moving slow because of a lack of understanding on the use of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) by many voters, especially the elderly and some ignorant youth. Some pensioners take up to 10 minutes just on the EVMs. (NAMPA) OH/ND