Voters turned away, Swapo demands explanation

29 Nov 2014 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party is demanding an explanation from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on why so many voters were turned away from polling stations before they got the chance to vote.
Chaos broke out at several polling stations during the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections in various regions on Friday evening.
Registered voters who had not yet cast their votes when the polling stations closed at 21h00 on Friday night became frustrated , and members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Reserve Field Force and the City Police had to be called in to maintain the peace amongst the voters at some polling stations.
The Swapo-Party’s Secretary of Information and Publicity, Helmut Angula said in a statement issued on Saturday the party is aware of many voters who were turned away from polling stations across the country while expecting to cast their votes.
“This is a worrying and disturbing situation for the party. This could also affect the credibility of the elections,” he stressed.
The Swapo-Party is demanding an explanation from the ECN and also wants assurance that the situation will not have a negative impact on the entire election, he said.
(NAMPA)
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