Oshana polling officers working on empty stomachs

28 Nov 2014 19:30pm

OSHAKATI, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Some polling officials in the Oshana Region are complaining of hunger as they do duty during the Presidential and National Assembly elections underway countrywide today. The one-day election started countrywide at 07h00, and is expected to end at 21h00. The voting process might take longer as many people are still lining up to vote. Some faulty electronic voting machines are also dragging out the voting process. Presiding Officer at the University of Namibia (Unam) Northern Campus polling station, Jafet Erastus told Nampa on Friday that most of his colleagues are not working hard anymore because of hunger. ?It is very difficult to work with an empty stomach. This mostly causes poor performance from the team,? he said. One polling officer, who prefer to remain anonymous, told this agency that they were not advised to bring their own food, and now depend on others who thought it wise to bring food. Contacted for comment, Corporate Communications Officer in the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Vikitoria Hango told Nampa that there was no provision made for food and drinks for polling officials. She said the electoral staff was informed by their regional coordinators to take their own food and drinks along to their duty stations. The region has over 1 054 polling officials to man 174 polling stations of which 139 are fixed polling stations and 35 mobile teams in 11 constituencies. Oshana Region has 104 218 eligible voters, of which 60 394 are women and 43 824 are men. (NAMPA) ME/ND