By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - The chief administrative officer of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) has admitted transporting people from Windhoek to Gam to register as voters for the Tsumkwe by-election set for November this year.
Theophelius Uahongora told Nampa on Monday that he personally organised three Iveco buses in which 115 NUDO supporters were transported from Windhoek to Gam, which falls under the Tsumkwe Constituency, last Thursday.
Uahongora said he did so to allow his members to register in a supplementary voters? registration exercise so that they could take part in the upcoming Tsumkwe by-election on 16 November.
?I know them. They are legitimate residents of Gam, who are studying in Windhoek at the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia.
There is nothing wrong with me bringing them here,? Uahongora said in a telephonic interview from Gam.
The Tsumkwe by-election?s supplementary voters? registration took place from 25 to 29 September.
The by-election was necessitated by the death of Swapo-Party Regional Councillor for the Tsumkwe Constituency and National Council member Moses Kgao !Coma, who died in August this year after a short illness at the age of 50.
On his part, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)?s Tsumkwe Returning Officer, Freddy Rugharo confirmed the allegation to this agency.
Rugharo said he allowed them to register after consulting with ECN officials in Windhoek, who instructed him not to refuse anyone to register.
?I was only asked to compile a report on the allegations and sent it to Windhoek, which I did,? he noted.
The ECN will publicise the names of those expected to vote in the Tsumkwe by-election at venues still to be announced from Friday to Monday so that the different political parties could accept or object to the names.
According to the Electoral Commission Amended Act 51, of 1996, a voter in a regional and local authority election qualifies as legitimate if he/she has resided in an area for at least 12 months.