29 May 2015 11:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 29 MAY (NAMPA) The voting process in the Swakopmund Constituency by-election started Friday morning and is progressing smoothly.
By 10h00, more than 250 people had cast their votes at three venues visited by Nampa in the DRC informal settlement and Tamariskia residential areas.
The by-election was necessitated by the passing away of Swakopmund Constituency councillor and Member of Parliament Germina Shitaleni in March this year.
A total of 29 400 people have been registered to vote.
There are more than 10 polling stations around the coastal town where residents can vote.
The Electoral Commission of Namibias (ECN) presiding officers Ecclesia Tjivela, stationed at the DRC Fire Station polling station and Elise Abed at the DRC Community Centre confirmed that all is well.
The venues opened on time at 06h00 for material inspection and testing before the voting started at 07h00.
There are no queues observed at the venues as the voters come in small numbers; presiding officers also confirmed this.
They also said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are operating well and most voters do not have difficulties to operate them.
For those who might have a problem with the voting machines, we explain to them in their language. I use police officers and my fellow officials to translate in different languages so that people can understand and be able to cast their votes, Tjivela told this reporter.
Two voters were turned back from the Tamariskia Town Hall polling station because they do not reside in the Swakopmund Constituency.
Voting venues will close at 21h00 but voters still in the queue or inside the venue by that time will be allowed to vote.
Thereafter the counting of results will commence and the announcement of the winner is expected on the same day or a day after.
The ECNs election coordinator for the Erongo Region, Johannes Kashindinge Nghipuilepo backed-up confirmations by presiding officers that the voting process has experienced no hiccups so far.
The ECN will hold a media briefing on the by-election later on Friday.