Shortage of drivers for polling stations

26 Nov 2015 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 NOV (NAMPA) – The lack of drivers to transport polling officials and sensitive election items to their duty stations in the Khomas Region was resolved by 14h00 Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, polling officials complained to Nampa of a lack of drivers to ferry them from the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) head office in Windhoek North to the different polling stations.
Some of the sensitive materials include electronic voting machines (EVMs), printers, voter verification devices, voters’ roll and results transmission kits.
About three polling officials told Nampa on condition of anonymity that there are plenty of vehicles but few drivers.
The officials in charge of transportation are regional coordinators and returning officers.
Khomas regional elections coordinator, Hendrik van Wyk told this agency that the lack of drivers had been resolved by 14h00 Thursday.
He said all teams are still being dispatched to their duty stations in a well-regulated manner.
ECN officials are transporting sensitive materials in the presence of Namibian Police Force officers. Such law-enforcement officials are not allowed to carry the materials and are there just to guard such.
One police officer explained that should anything happen, they must be able to react quickly and not be hampered by materials in their hands.
The police officers remain at the polling stations to guard the sensitive items while polling officials go back to collect chairs, tables, tents, generators and gas bottles for polling venues without these facilities.