Tsumkwe Residents Voting In By-election On Friday

23 May 2013 06:36

OTJIWARONGO, 14 NOV (NAMPA) - Tsumkwe residents are expected to head to the polling stations on Friday to vote for a regional councillor who will serve them for the next five years.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)?s returning officer for the Tsumkwe by-election, Frederick Rugharo told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday his team is prepared for Friday?s by-election.
?We have received 31 vehicles that will serve the 31 polling stations identified so far. All the sensitive and non-sensitive materials are already here with us and are being kept at the Tsumkwe Police Station,? he said.
Eligible voters can cast their votes from 07h00 until 21H00 on Friday.
The counting of ballot papers will start at the polling stations immediately after 21h00, before it is transported to the main verification centre.
?Once we finish counting the ballot papers at different polling stations, we will transport the ballot boxes to the Tsumkwe Secondary School dining hall verification centre, before we announce the results on the same night,? Rugharo explained.
He further said ECN Director Moses Ndjarakana on Wednesday successfully concluded a nine-day training course meant to prepare the polling officers, police officials and political party agents in Tsumkwe on how to facilitate the by-election.
About 171 officials who will facilitate the voting process received training during the course.
Rugharo said about 6 735 registered voters have indicated their readiness to cast their votes to elect their councillor.
The Tsumkwe by-election was necessitated by the death of Swapo-Party Regional Councillor Moses Kgao !Coma, who died in Otjiwarongo in August this year after a short illness.
Tsumkwe is situated more than 270 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region and has approximately 8 000 residents.
Five political parties will take part in the by-election, and they have been hard at work over the past weekend to campaign for their contesting candidates.
The five candidates are Francina Hishekwa-Ghauz of the Swapo-Party; Alex Kandetu of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo); Ismael Gomeb of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP); Richard Nani Kgao of the All People?s Party (APP) and Samuel Rihihamisa Maharero of the DTA of Namibia.