Keetmanshoop voters want development

27 Nov 2015 10:30am
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Voting in the 2015 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections commenced on time at the polling stations visited by Nampa in Keetmanshoop early Friday morning.
Around 50 voters from various ages and tribal groups were encountered at each point.
At the Swakara Town Hall polling station, contesting party agents lauded the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Presiding Officer, Agnes Tjombo’s transparency, who often addressed people directly to make sure they are at the right polling point.
She on one occasion explained to everyone in the hall why two people entered a voting booth – for privacy, only person is allowed in a voting booth unless the registered voter requests assistance.
“The senior person is accompanied by a family member as the voter’s eyesight is poor.”
DTA of Namibia party agent, Richard Nowaseb said Tjombo was “on her feet, very good”.
Voter Imgard Eiseb, 55, said she was voting for greater improvement in service delivery.
“In Keetmanshoop there was a slight surge in development recently, but we want more,” she said.
A mobile team’s Presiding Officer at the Keetmanshoop Police Station, Aini Ndeshitila said the voting process is going well, with no delays this far.
Voter, Martha Jash who works at Spar, said the shop is open but that staff members take turns to go vote and return to work.
“We are happy about that, as long as we can vote,” she said.
At the Ons Tuiste Old-Age Home in the central town area, 77-year-old pensioner Martha Hyman said the process was very fast.
“It is clear these people know exactly what they are doing,” she said.
Hyman said she was voting for people who could build up the town to a point where residents can be proud and not ashamed when other people visit.
Swapo Party agent, Anna Visagie complained that her stop at the voter verification point took long.
Another mobile team’s Presiding Officer, Adolf Böck, however disagreed with her, saying the team has received overwhelming feedback that all processes are speedy and efficient.
//Karas Region has 87 polling stations.
Voting ends at 21h00.