Govt. urged to simplify polling procedures

01 Dec 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) should consider simplifying polling procedures to ensure that voting is completed within the stipulated time.
The Head of the African Union Election Observer Mission, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza said this during a media briefing on Sunday to share the mission's findings on the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly which took place on Friday.
“Simplifying polling station procedures, namely the voter identity verification process and the recording of voters’ presence will ensure that all procedures can be completed within the stipulated hours,” she emphasized.
Ndangiza, who is from Rwanda, called on the ECN to limit the number of voters per polling station to reduce voter waiting times and overcrowding of polling stations.
She further urged the ECN to administer the oath of secrecy for observers and party agents before polling to speed up opening procedures on Election Day.