09 Jul 2015 12:50pm
CORRECTION: SPELLING OF SURNAME REMOVE C AND S: Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Professor Paul Isaak.
OTJIWARONGO, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The voting exercise in the Otjiwarongo by-election got off to a slow start on Thursday morning, with only 10 voters in the cue by 07h00 at the Swanevelder Community Hall.
The Director of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Professor Paul Isaak told Nampa in an interview on Thursday that all arrangements of the much-anticipated by-election are in order as planned.
The testing of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) was done earlier in the morning on Thursday, and shortly afterwards all polling stations were opened at 07h00, Isaak said.
The polling stations will officially close at 21h00 on Thursday, which will be followed by the correlation and verification of results from 23 polling stations, of which 4 are mobile.
The ECN has noted the remoteness of some polling stations and how transporting the EVMs to the verification centre at Swanevelder Community Hall will take time. The official announcement of results is expected by Friday 10 July 2015.
Isaak was however not impressed with the low turnout of eligible voters at polling stations on Thursday morning.
Several polling stations around Otjiwarongo that were visited by Nampa had few people in que between 07h00 and 09h00 on Thursday morning. Approximately 21 000 eligible voters have been registered for this by-election.
On his part, ECN's Otjiwarongo Returning Officer, Sedekias Eiseb said 19 teams were dispatched with their equipment on Wednesday afternoon and in the early hours of Thursday morning to different polling stations around the constituency.
The Swapo Party and DTA of Namibia are the only two political parties contesting the Otjiwarongo by-election.
The Otjiwarongo by-election was necessitated by the appointment of former Otjiwarongo Constituency regional councillor, Otto Ipinge as Otjozondjupa regional governor in April this year.
He replaced former Otjozondjupa regional governor, Samuel Nuuyoma, who retired.