ECN foresees vehicle shortage for elections

29 Sep 2015 19:50pm


The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) might rent private vehicles to make up the required 2 856 vehicles for the 27 November 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.

Chairperson of the ECN, Notemba Tjipueja said during a media conference here on Tuesday the shortage of Government vehicles has always been a headache for the ECN during the past elections.

"This caused a serious delay in the opening of some polling venues, especially the Windhoek Municipality area of the Khomas Region, in past elections," she said.

Tjipueja said the ECN has devised an alternative plan to alleviate the vehicle shortage by resorting to contracting private citizens with suitable vehicles to assist in the transportation of personnel and election material during the upcoming elections.

"The ECN has set an earlier date than usual to trigger the implementation of ?Plan B? should it become clear that the required number of Government vehicles cannot be secured," she said.

She could, however, not say what the date is for private citizens with suitable vehicles to contact the ECN in this regard. Tjipueja ensured the electorate that it will be earlier than usual to enable the institution to have everything on time.