//Karas ECN officers 'more than ready' for Friday

26 Nov 2015 16:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 NOV (NAMPA) – Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) assistant regional coordinator for //Karas, Fritz Spiegel has painted a confident picture about the readiness of his team for the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections on Friday.
“Everything is on track,” he told Nampa on Thursday.
Spiegel said the team has never been as ready in any previous election as it is for this 2015 voting process.
“We are calm, we worked hard and we are ready.”
Spiegel attributed the preparedness to ‘thorough’ training that took place between 16 and 21 October this year.
“There might be human errors, which is normal, but they are certainly more than ready,” he said.
The region has 87 polling stations.
It struggled with the acquisition of vehicles in the days leading up to the elections, but by Thursday, 28 private vehicles and 37 Government vehicles were procured for the teams.
Some teams posted to far-off places like Lüderitz and Oranjemund left on Wednesday already, with the last groups traveling on Thursday.
//Karas has a total of 48 873 registered voters.
Spiegel said polling officers consist of an equal number of new recruits and formerly-deployed election officers.
He also said communication with political parties has been open.
“We cannot deal without one another and information has been shared openly and correctly.”
Spiegel was optimistic that teams would finish early on Friday and that the results would be released earlier than during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections last year.
“Constituencies are independent from one another, therefore I think the results should be out early,” he said.
The polling stations will open at 07h00 and close at 21h00.