Mariental Urban voting kicks off smoothly

27 Nov 2015 09:30am
MARIENTAL, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The first vote at the Mariental Urban Constituency was cast at 07h04 here on Friday.
About 30 voters queued up before polling venues opened at 07h00 at the Danie Joubert Hall and the Persianer Community Hall in that constituency, while over 50 had lined up at the Aimablaagte Community Hall to vote in the 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections.
Provision has been made for the elderly to vote as soon as they arrive at the polling points to avoid them spending too much time in line. They will be seated in a separate queue.
The polling process takes less than five minutes for each voter.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture and former governor for the Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa voted at the Aimablaagte Community Hall shortly after voting commenced.
She described the process as “smooth and efficient”.
Hanse-Himarwa was, however, worried at first when she did not see a light “go off” after she voted, but then she called a polling official to assist her and pressed the button again - her vote was finally cast.
“This time the process will be faster because people are accustomed to using the system. It will also be easier for the elderly,” she said.
Voting ends at 21h00.
Meanwhile, no medical services have been observed at any of the polling stations thus far.